Cherokee Purple Tomato
At a Glance Info
Light: Full Sun - Partial Shade
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
Fruit Size: 12 - 16 oz.
♦See 2nd paragraph in next section.
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.