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Tomato '1884 purple'    

Solanum lycopersicum

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1884 purple is a popular variety of Tomato, which belongs to the Solanum genus (Solanum lycopersicum '1884 purple'). '1884 purple' is considered a OP (open polliated) cultivar. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Banana yellow. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Pansy purple. Leaves appear approximately as a   Ao green colour.

Similar to its parent ‘1884’, except it has purple/brown rather then pink skin. Produces good yields of rich, sweet beefsteak type fruit, and very few seeds. Fruit weighs in at 8-24oz. with the largest fruit occurring in the first fruit set. Oblate-shaped fruit, somewhat irregular, with some green/brown shouldering. Indeterminate. Regular leaf.

This variety is an Fruit that typically grows as an Annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. 1884 purple is known for its Erect habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.50 metres (4.88 feet).

Canada is believed to be where 1884 purple originates from.

1884 purple Tomato is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about 1884 purple have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow 1884 purple

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that 1884 purple is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with 1884 purple are Zone 3 and Zone 14. Ensure your soil is loamy and has a ph of between 5.5 and 7.5 as Tomato is a weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil loving plant.

Growing 1884 purple from seed

Start seeds indoors six weeks before last frost date.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 0.78 inches (2.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.78 inches (2.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 12°C / 54°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing 1884 purple about 42 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting 1884 purple

Plant to first set of leaves to promote strong root growth.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as 1884 purple is a tender plant.

Harvesting 1884 purple

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by late summer.

1884 purple folklore & trivia

Jeff Casey of Alberta, Canada received the seeds for “1884” tomato from Michael Gunn of Pasadena, Texas in 2005, and shared with Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T) in Dec 2005. Both Jeff and Tatiana grew it in 2006 and obtained large dark black-purple fruits which, in Tatiana’s opinion, were better than the original 1884. Tatiana named it “1884 Purple” to indicate the fruit color difference compared to 1884. Jeff later suggested an alternative name – “Purple Doughnut”, which was a better name, unfortunately Tatiana had already listed this variety in the SSE Yearbook as “1884 Purple”, and received several SSE requests for the seeds in 2007. 1

Other Names for Tomato '1884 purple'

Purple doughnut


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