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Cherokee Purple

Tomato Plants

$15.00


Urban Farmer grown Cherokee Purple tomato plants that arrive ready to plant.
The Cherokee Purple is an old heirloom tomato that has an outstanding flavor. This tomato dates back to pre-1890 and is recognized as an old Cherokee Indian heirloom that originated in Tennessee. This variety has a semi-meaty flesh with an average seed/flesh ratio. The Cherokee Purple offers some of the best flavor with an earthy-sweet, rich taste that is delicious eaten raw. Cherokee Purple has beautiful purple skin with a slight pinkish-red hue. This plant produces large vines and large beefsteak fruits that average 8-20 ounces. Cherokee Purple is an indeterminate tomato that will keep producing all summer long into the first frost in fall time. This is in our top 5 of best heirloom tomatoes on the market. High yielding with excellent flavor.

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Spring delivery item. We ship tomato transplants after your garden zones last frost date. This item that does not qualify for free shipping.

Learning Download: How to Grow Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the most common plants grown in the garden, but they are usually grown from transplants bought at the store and not seeds. However, growing a tomato from seed allows for more options when it comes to the type of tomatoes a gardener wants to grow. Tomatoes range from typical red to yellow to seedless and heirloom varieties. Homegrown tomatoes taste delicious fresh, or they can be used for canning, sauces and other recipes.

Before Planting: Tomatoes should be grown in a sunny location with good soil drainage.

Planting: Start seeds indoors under controlled conditions. Use soilless grow media. Place in a sunny window with at least 8 hours of sunlight. Water only when soil feels dry to touch. No fertilizer is needed until transplanting. Using a heating pad to keep the soil between 70-80°F. Slowly introduce your tomato seedlings to the outdoor environment one week before transplanting. Each day add more time outside. Start with shade and no wind outdoors and work your way up gradually to sun and wind. Transplant after last frost date and soil temperature has reach 60°F.

Watering: Water at least 1 inch per week. Always water the base of the plant and not the leaves.

Fertilizer: Add 1 ounce of high phosphorus fertilizer (5-10-10) in hole before transplanting. Fertilize again when first tomatoes begin to appear and then again when first tomato is picked.

Days to Maturity: Tomatoes are ripe when they have reached the right color – red for red tomatoes, yellow for yellow tomatoes and so on – and are slightly soft when squeezed. This is usually 65 to 80 days after planting.

Harvesting: Fully vine-ripen fruit only for local retailing or use. To deliver sound fruit, pick fruit less ripe the further the distance and the longer the time between the field and the customer. Store firm, ripe fruit 45-60°F for 4-7 days. Some varieties will store longer.

Tips: Learn the common tomato diseases in your area. Select resistant varieties. For prevention, use young, healthy transplants, avoid overhead irrigation, plow in tomato plant refuse in the fall, rotate crops, and do not handle tobacco or smoke before handling plants. Fungicides can reduce certain diseases when properly selected and applied. Prevent Blossom End Rot by providing abundant soil calcium and an even supply of soil moisture. Use row covers to protect young seedlings from flea beetles. Tomato hornworms can be controlled with bacillus thuringiensis. Use spinosad for potato beetle larvae and adults.

Avg. Planting Rates: Avg. 785 seeds/667 plants to produce 1,000 ft. of row. Avg. 8,540 seeds/1 oz., to produce 1 acre of transplants, 18″ between plants in rows 4′ apart (7,260 plants needed).

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When We Ship:
Tomato plants ship April thru June. We are unable to ship earlier than April. Tomato plants will be out of stock from July thru October. Pre-orders will begin in November. Any orders made November thru March will ship when appropriate the coming season. We aim to ship a week after your last frost. Any orders made after your areas appropriate shipping time but before end of June will be shipped out immediately!

How We Ship:
Tomatoes ship in 2.5″ pots and weigh approximately 13 ounces each. Plants will ship via USPS Priority mail. Live plants are packaged in our plastic clamshell containers that lock the plants in place during shipping for minimal movement. Our superior root systems hold the soil medium in place during shipping. Upon receiving your plants open box immediately and water plants. Let set in a shady area for a day before transplanting.