Cherokee Purple Tomato
HEIRLOOM – 19th Century Indeterminate. Many heirloom tomatoes get the accolade “best tasting” from their fans, and this is certainly one of them. Originally grown in Tennessee by Native Americans of the Cherokee tribe the 6 inch, 12 to 16 ounce fruit come in shades of dusty rose to purple, sometimes with greenish shoulders. While it is a beefsteak type, it is known for its sweet aftertaste –almost like candy–with heavy yields. 25 seeds.
Indoors- 6 weeks before last frost, 1/4” deep with soil temperatures 75 degrees. Liquid fertilize seedlings every 7-10 days. Transplant out 24-36” apart after last frost when soil is 55-60 degrees and night temperatures are over 45 degrees.
Harvest- When fruit is red (or color of the variety planted) and firm.
Tips- Plant in fertile soil, amended with compost, mulch and provide even moisture. Plant deeper than they were growing in the containers as it makes a stronger roots system. Apply a light compost tea every few weeks. Do not apply excessive nitrogen, which can promote excessive foliage and poor fruit set.