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Cherokee Purple Tomato
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Our #1 tomato, which is no surprise as they are the best tomatoes we've ever tasted! Originally from the Tennessee Cherokee Indians, Cherokee purple tomatoes have a thin skin and soft texture with full acidity and rich, old-fashioned sweet flavor.

 
Shipping start date : 05-15-2017
Shipping end date : 05-15-2017
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Planting recommendation : Warm Season last frost date
Type of Plant : Heirloom or Open Pollinated
Color of Fruit : Black and Purples
Size of Fruit : Very Large Beefsteaks
Time to Harvest : Late Season
Size of Mature Plant : 18-24 diameter spacing
Growing Type : Indeterminate
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Our #1 tomato, which is no surprise as they are the best tomatoes we've ever tasted! Originally from the Tennessee Cherokee Indians, Cherokee purple tomatoes have a thin skin and soft texture with full acidity and rich, old-fashioned sweet flavor. Make sure to mulch for best results and hold back on the watering. Our best results were during an 8-week drought with minimal drip watering. 80 days.

Watch the video below for helpful tips on how to plant and care for your tomatoes


Growing in containers? Watch the video below on how to grow tomatoes in containers

Growing Tomatoes requires a few basic things for success:

  • ·        Planting after your last frost date in Spring
  • ·        Good Soil, with enough room for each plant to grow, weed free
  • ·        6+ hours of sunlight
  • ·        At least 1” of rain per week or supplemental watering to achieve the same amount.
  • ·        Organic Vegetable Fertilizer blended for Tomatoes, with calcium included, used as directed.
  • ·        Strong Supports for the plants to grow on.
  • ·        Proper pH level from 5.5-6.2
  • ·        Daytime temperatures from 70-85, Nighttime temperatures 55-71 degrees for flowers to form fruit
Read more on our Learn to Grow page
 Average Rating:  4.5 Star Rating
4.9
 based on 16 Customer Reviews  
   Wow Just Wow, October 14, 2016  By Paul 
I wish I could have these all year. This year the fruit is absolutely gigantic in size and taste.
   Cherokee Purple, October 14, 2016  By Lisa 
Grew in 2006. Tasty fruit, but not very prolific. We got about 10 tomatoes, all in 1 week. A few stragglers after that, but not much more.
   Cherokee Purple, October 14, 2016  By Bedwards 
This year has been great. No pesticides and the plants have been wonderful. Nothing but wonderful reviews from friends. Tons of fruits and blooms. great sweet flavor
   Great Mater, October 14, 2016  By Kelly 
I grew this tomato in SE Va in 2007. We had a lot of yummy fruit. It was a dry summer and the plant needed consistent watering or it tended to crack. We ate them anyway.
   Cherokee Purple, October 11, 2016  By Wendell 
This is the best growing tomato I've ever grown. I live in Western Oregon where the temperature changes constantly as does rainfall. These plants are over 6 feet tall and have fruit (big) all over them. The only problem is they get so big you really need to preplan how to cage them. 4x6 fenceing wire would be best. Wonderful plant!!!!!!!!!!
   Tasteful, October 11, 2016  By Judy 
Another delicious heirloom, though I do find they lose their firmness, almost overnight, if you let them get just a little too ripe... but quite tasty and juicy. Best to eat them shortly after picked.
   Tasteful Tomato, October 11, 2016  By Jenny 
I grew this tomato in SE Va in 2007. We had a lot of yummy fruit. It was a dry summer and the plant needed consistent watering or it ttended to crack. We ate them anyway.
   Best Tasting, October 11, 2016  By Nancy 
This is the best tasting tomato I have grown. Make sure you have a support system in place; the tomatoes are huge on a tall plant.
   10/10, October 11, 2016  By Bradley 
I used to be a Bradley fan, but it pales in comparison to Cherokee Purple. Far and away, the best tasting tomato I've ever eaten, much less grown.
   Delish!, October 11, 2016  By Lisa 
they were a bit tough to grow this year with all of the rain but fabulous as usual if you have not tried them do!
   NO SUBSTITUTE, October 11, 2016  By Michelle 
Cherokee Purple have got to be one of the best heirloom tomatoes! Of all the "black" tomatoes, these have the best flavor and a good producer. I had no problems growing plenty of tomatoes in Massachusetts, and it was a VERY rainy season in 2009. I had a prolific season with these plants while many others around me lost theirs. Thank you Tasteful Garden!
   Simply The Best, October 11, 2016  By Steven 
This is the tomato that got me into gardening and into heirloom tomatoes. My mother bought one of these "weird" looking tomatoes about 6 years ago and we made sandwiches with it on toast, just mayo, salt and pepper. I was hooked. It is by far the best tasting tomato ever. I searched all over and found it here and have been a customer ever since. Some years they grow better than others but they are always worth the effort. I can't wait for Spring!
   Household Favorite, October 11, 2016  By Katherine 
This is probably the all round household favorite, and I've introduced some of my friends and family to "what? purple tomatoes?!" Goes great just sliced on buttered toast...
   Amazing, October 11, 2016  By Bob M 
This is a pretty tomato on the vine. It was one of the three best tomatoes I grew last year. Estiva, Peacevine and Cherokee Purple have excellent taste and prolific yields. Will be buying more this year. You will not be disappointed growing this in New Jersey!!
   Yum, October 11, 2016  By Meike 
This tomato is delicious, but this year with all the rain, not as productive as other heirloom varieties I grew.
   My Favorites, October 11, 2016  By Terri 
It's all about the taste for me. I really don't care what "color" skin the tomato has. Of the 100+ tomato varieties I've grown to date ( of all different colors and sizes), Cherokee Purple is my favorite tasting tomato so far. It's sweet and very rich tasting with just a little acidity which is the way I love my tomatoes to taste. CP will always have a place in my garden.

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