Cherokee Purple Tomato Seeds
Cherokee Purple Tomato TM34-20
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Cherokee Purple Tomato Seeds

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SKU TM34-20
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Country Of Origin: USA USA
Planting Instructions
Growing Calendar
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85 days. Solanum lycopersicum. Open Pollinated. Cherokee Purple Tomato. The plant produces high yields of 8 to 12 oz purplish pink beefsteak tomatoes. It has a rich old fashioned tomato flavor. It consistently ranks very high in taste tests. Perfect for sandwiches, salads, and slicing. One of the best tasting heirloom tomatoes. To maximize yield potential, either stake or use cages. It has been grown over 100 years ago by the Cherokee Indians. An excellent choice for home gardens. An 1890 heirloom variety from Tennessee, USA. United States Department of Agriculture, PI 639211. Indeterminate.

Lot No: 175952

Germination: 85%

Test Date: 04/24

Seeds Per Pound: 128,000

Plant Height: 48 to 72” tall

Planting Season: Spring

Sunlight Requirement: Full Sun

Planting Method: Indoor Sow

Lycopersicon esculentum

Seed DepthSoil Temp. for GerminationDays to GerminationSunlight RequirementsPlanting Time
1/4 to 1/2" 80 F to 85 F 7 to 14 daysFull Sun Spring
USDA Hardiness ZoneSeed SpacingRow SpacingSpace After ThinningDays to Harvest
N/A 1"48" 48"60 - 90 days
Tomato Seed Planting Information:

Tomato plants should be grown in a warm areas and receive plenty of sunlight, so choose a sunny spot in your garden. Relocate your tomato plants in different parts of your garden each year to avoid diseases. Optimum temperatures for growing tomatoes are between 80 and 85 degrees F. Plant your seeds indoors 10 to 12 weeks before setting outside. Use Miracle Gro Seed Starting Material for best germination results. We have tested other Seed Starting Mix and experienced poor germination rates. You may have to special order the Miracle Gro Seed Starting Potting Mix from your nursery, as it is hard to find it at many of the large home and garden centers. Do not add any soil, fertilizers, and other chemicals to seed starting material! Do not use jiffy peat pots, plugs, or potting soil, or cover the pots, as the soil may become too dry or too wet, which can lead to disease and fungus. Do not bottom water the seeds as this causes the seed starting material to become too wet and you will experience poor germination! We have experienced disease and low germination when using these types of products and covering the pots with plastic or covers. When seedlings are 4" tall, transplant them in larger pots. Plants should be at least 10" tall before transplanting outdoors. Place plants outdoors in shady area several days before transplanting outdoors. Shelter the transplants to prevent sunburn, wilting, and rain damage. Spring planting should occur when soil is warm, at least 3 weeks after last frost, and when temperatures remain above 70 degrees F. You can plant early if you use water towers. To prevent branches from breaking from the weight of tomatoes, use 5 to 6 ft tall cages. To tie plants to stakes, use soft strips of cloth. Check indeterminate plants regularly, and pinch off suckers and side branches where leaves join the stems. Plants can grow 1 to 6 ft tall.

Soil Requirements:

Requires fertile slightly acid soil in a well drained location in the garden. Apply mulch and grass clippings, or straw around base of plant. Work the soil thoroughly before planting. Add well-rotted manure and compost.

Water Requirements:

Keep soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Water well during dry and hot spells. Water in the morning only, on the side of the plants and not directly on the leaves.

Fertilizer Requirements:

Use RootBlast, Vegetable Alive, and Slow Release Fertilizer when transplanting outdoors. Apply Miracle Gro every two weeks.

Harvest Tips:

Harvest tomatoes when they are fully mature using a garden scissor so you don't damage the plant. Pick them as they mature to encourage new fruit to form. Remove any decayed tomatoes from the plant.

Growing Calendar
Indoor Germination Temperature: 80 to 85 F
Minimum Outdoor Temperature: Above 70 F
Start Indoors Transplant Start Outdoors Start Indoors Fall Transplant Fall Start Outdoors Fall Multiple Crops
Seed Depth: ¼” to ½“

Days to Germination: 7 to 14 days

Plant Spacing: 48”

Row Spacing: 48”

Sunlight Requirement: Full sun

Days to Harvest after Planting Outdoors:
Early Season Tomato: 60 to 65 days
Mid-Season Tomato: 70 to 75 days
Late Season Tomato: 85 to 90 days

USDA Hardiness Zone: 2 to 11

Use Miracle-Gro© Seed Starting Mix for best germination results.

Customer Reviews

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by on October 22, 2009

I wouldn’t have a tomato garden without this variety in residence. Is my all-time favorite tomato! Great taste as a slicer, terrific cooking flavor, and what a color! Every few years I’ll have a seedling that lacks a bit in production vigor/longevity, but that makes me appreciate the fruit that plant does deliver all the more!

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by on October 10, 2010

Fantastic tomato! 2010 was our first year with this beauty and it has quickly become our favorite. Outstanding color, texture and a truly savory flavor.

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by on June 25, 2011

The best tomato I have ever grown or eaten. I bought the plants this year and I will always grow Cherokee Purple and Pink Girl. There are other Heirloom purples and I am told they are wonderful also, I will find and try them all.

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by on November 30, 2009

This is a wonderful tomato. I try different heirlooms every year but always have this one.

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by on August 8, 2011

One of the best tomatoes on the market. A regular in my garden. Make sure you add some organic matter to get good production and sizes.

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by on December 27, 2010

Great tomatoes. Mine reached over two pounds and my children couldn't wait to eat them. In fact I think my daughter was my tomato thief, my husband would take her to the garden.

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by on August 23, 2010

Meaty, flavorful, easy to grow, everything about this tomato is almost perfect. I grow them every year. I think they are the best overall tomato available.

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by on July 19, 2010

Grew two Cherokee Purple Tomato plants this season - 2010. The plants have already given us 5 ripe beautiful large tomatoes. Delicious. Beautiful on the inside out. I will always grow this variety. So far my favorite.

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by on May 30, 2013

I greaw this after 50 years and wish I had grown it years ago. Don't wait like I did enjoy it now.

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