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Tomato Cherokee Purple Heirloom
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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
Please note that plants are seasonal items. We begin shipping plants, with the exception of onion transplants, in mid-March. Plant shipping is paused during the heat of the summer, then resumed in early September through late November.
Not all plants listed on our website are available for shipping. Non-shippable plants are marked either "LOCAL ONLY" or "Non-Shippable". Full refunds are issued for plants that are ordered, but not available within the shipping season.
If you order plants in the shipping off-season, they will automatically be back-ordered and shipped during our shipping seasons.
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Deliveries to the Charlotte-metro area on Thursdays.
Tomatoes love hot days and cool nights. For the best tomato harvest:
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 70°F and night time temperatures are above 55°F
Average spacing: 12-18" between plants in rows 36-48" apart.
For storage and shipping, harvest when the blossom end turns pink.
For fresh market harvest when color develops but fruits are still firm.
Store ripe tomatoes at 45-50°F and 90-95% relative humidity.
Hold mature-green tomatoes for ripening at 65-70°F.
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.
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
Cornell University Vegetable Growing Guides
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