Cherokee Purple Tomato

At a Glance Info

  Light:  Full Sun - Partial Shade

  Water:  Medium

  Soil type/pH:  Loamy with a pH of 6.0 to 6.8 (weakly acidic)

  Spacing:  3 to 4 ft. apart

  Height/Length:  5 to 9 ft. tall

  Type:  Indeterminate

  Fruit Size:  12 - 16 oz.

 ♦See 2nd paragraph in next section.

More Information

The Cherokee Purple tomato plant is an annual, heirloom, open pollinated variety of Solanum lycopersicum (tomato plant) that should be planted when at least 6 inches tall. It is important that you do not plant nightshades in the same location each year. Tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplant are all nightshades. If planting when 6-12 inches tall, plant to almost bottom branches; if plant is over 1 foot tall, remove the bottom branches with a sharp blade or pruners and plant up to where the branches were or slightly higher.

Dig holes for planting twice the width of the pot. If your plant came in a biodegradable pot, click here for biodegradable pot instructions. The Cherokee Purple tomato plant should be planted in moist soil; it will have higher yield in loamy soil, but should be fine in most good quality soil. Unless your soil already has fertilizer, use a small amount of tomato or all purpose fruit and vegetable fertilizer at time of planting. Begin fertilizing according to package instructions once plant is established.