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Tomato 'Cherokee Purple'        

Solanum lycopersicum

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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:   Canary yellow and   Ruddy brown and   Dark olive green. The mature flowers are of a Semi-double form. This variety typically produces fruit in the following colours:   Redwood and   Dark olive green. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   India green and   Shamrock green colour.

Fruit is produced is non-uniform, and ranges from purple, to a dusty rose color. Disease resistant, including blight resistance.
Productive plants produce large crops of 12-16 oz beefsteak-type oblate fruit. 3 Regular leafed plant, this is one of the most popular for heirloom tomato growers.

80 days. An old Cherokee Indian heirloom, pre-1890 variety; beautiful deep dusky purple-pink color, superb sweet flavor, and very large sized fruit. Try this one for real old-time tomato flavor. 2

This variety does need to be caged. Be sure to keep all vines within the cage to avoid break-off with heavy fruits!

It is an Fruit and is treated mainly as a Annual, This means that it grows best over the course of a single year. Cherokee Purple is known for growing to a height of approximately 2.74 metres (8.90 feet). Expect blooming to occur in mid summer.

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.

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

How to grow Cherokee Purple

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Needs to be staked.

Position in a full sun location and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Cherokee Purple is thought of as tender, so it is really important to ensure that the outside temperature is well above freezing before planting or moving outdoors. As a rough idea of the types of climates Cherokee Purple does best in, check to see if your local area is within USDA Hardiness Zones 3 and 14. Cherokee Purple requires a loamy soil with a ph of 6.0 - 6.8 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil.

Growing Cherokee Purple from seed

Start seeds indoors six weeks before last frost date.

Look to ensure a distance 2.60 feet (80.0 cm) between seeds when sowing - bury at a depth of at least 0.78 inches (2.0 cm) deep. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 12°C / 54°F to ensure good germination.

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.

Plant to first leaves to promote strong roots.

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

Expect harvests to start to occur in late summer.

Tomato Cherokee Purple Etymology

Heirloom native american tribal tomato with purple to dusty rose coloured fruit.

Cherokee Purple folklore & trivia

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 ( 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

Other Names for Tomato 'Cherokee Purple'

Cherokee People

Latest Tomato 'Cherokee Purple' Reviews

  • Easy to start from seed. Fruit appears prone to cracking although watering was erratic this year. Delicious sweet flavor and interesting appearance.

    4 stars

    mpsprengeler about growing Tomato 'Cherokee Purple'
  • Early and delicious in the Pacific Northwest. Tolerates coolness, lack of sun, dryness and still silky textured and flavorful. Minor cracking. Not especially productive however.

    4 stars

    anelson about growing Tomato 'Cherokee Purple'
  • Had to add 0.5ml water

    0 stars

    JGarfield about growing Tomato: 'Cherokee Purple' [Heirloom] '2012'
  • 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.

    3 stars

    El_Bano about growing Cherokee Purple Tomato
  • 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!

    5 stars

    TangoFlowers about growing Tomato Cherokee (was: CP)- Reviewed!

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