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Tomato- Cherokee Purple
Certified Organic Tomato Plants Cherokee Purple
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Price: $4.00 4" DotPot
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This heirloom has a brownish-purple skin with green shoulders and red flesh. It is the most popular of the black tomatoes because its outstanding flavor and texture. A large beefsteak fruits weighing in at 12-16 oz. Widely grown by gardeners and market growers alike. Believed to trace back over 100 years to the Cherokee Indians. Indeterminate. Days to maturity: 72 days
Tomatoes love hot days and cool nights. For the best tomato harvest:

Growing conditions
  • Fertile, well-drained soil
  • Soil pH of 6.0-6.8
  • Moderate to high levels of potassium (P) and potash (K)
  • Transplant when daytime temperatures reach 70F and night time temperatures are above 55F
  • Average spacing: 12-18" between plants in rows 36-48" apart.
Harvest
  • For storage and shipping, harvest when the blossom end turns pink.
  • For fresh market harvest when color develops but fruits are still firm.
Storage
  • Store ripe tomatoes at 45-50F and 90-95% relative humidity.
  • Hold mature-green tomatoes for ripening at 65-70F.
Pest and Disease Prevention
  • Avoid overhead irrigation
  • Practice crop rotations with all Solanceae species
  • Staking and orienting rows to increase air circulation can aid in disease prevention.
Notes:
  • Deep, infrequent watering encourages deep rooting and higher quality fruit production
  • Indeterminate varieties should be staked, caged, or trellised to obtain best yields and to prevent disease
More information: Cornell University Vegetable Growing Guides

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