Cherokee Purple is part of the Solanum genus and is a Tomato variety. Its scientific name is Solanum lycopersicum 'Cherokee Purple'. 'Cherokee Purple' is considered a heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar. This variety typically blooms in the following colours: Redwood and Ruddy brown and Dark olive green.
Fruit is produced is non-uniform, and ranges from purple, to a dusty rose colour. Disease resistant, including blight resistance.
Productive plants produce large crops of 6-16 oz beefsteak-type oblate fruit. Regular leafed plant, this is one of the most popular for heirloom tomato growers.
United States is thought to be the country of origin for Cherokee Purple.
Typically, Cherokee Purple Tomato is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.
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How to grow Tomato 'Cherokee Purple'
Growing Cherokee Purple from seed
By our calculations, you should look at sowing Cherokee Purple about 42 days before your last frost date.
Transplanting Cherokee Purple
Transplant out when around 15cm (6 inches) high.Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Cherokee Purple is a tender plant.
Harvesting Cherokee Purple
Tomato 'Cherokee Purple' information
How long does Cherokee Purple take to grow?
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Heirloom native american tribal tomato with purple to dusty rose coloured fruit.
Cherokee Purple was sent to Craig LeHoullier by John D. Green of Sevierville, Tennessee, in 1990 as an unnamed variety. The original letter sent with the seeds that describes all that is known of its history is referenced here (http://nctomatoman.topcities.com/Reference/CherokeePurple.jpg). Mr. Green got the variety from a woman who, in turn, received them from her neighbor. The neighbor claimed that they have been in their family for 100 years, originally receiving them from the Cherokee Indians. Craig named the variety and listed it in the SSE yearbook the year after he first grew them (1990). He also sent seeds to Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, then, a few years later, Johnny’s Selected Seeds. 1
04 Feb 2013
Had to add 0.5ml water
25 Jun 2011
Nice flavor, more tart than sweet. Harvest wasn’t quite as good as I hoped, only netting me about 7 per plant. This could be my fault though. I will not be planting these next year as I don’t have much room and I prefer sweeter varieties.
21 Jun 2011
Atypical compact, dusky rose strain, 22" hi, 14" wide. LOADED in fruit. Bugs ignore it. Extremely disease resistant. Drought tolerant, flood tolerant, early bearing, low fertilizer need. MUST replant!
20 May 2011
I realise this is a popular variety for flavour, but the low production per plant and the time from transplant to harvest just does not justify the effort/space requirements for me.
Popular varieties of Tomato
- Cherokee Purple
- Yellow Pear
- Black Krim
- Early girl
- Supersweet 100
- Better Boy
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