Cherokee Purple Tomato
- Full Sun
- 6+ hours of direct light
- Zone 3 - 10
- Requires at least 2 inches of water per week, watering every 3 - 5 days or when 1” of topsoil is dry.
- Newly transplanted tomatoes will need water every 1 - 2 days for the first two weeks
- Make sure the watered area is not soggy or mushy from overwatering
- Water in the morning to prepare tomato plant for the midday sun and absorb nutrients
- Place mulch to help retain moisture and keep the soil cool
- Perfect for a garden or a 10+ gallon pot
- Plant between March - June
- Dig a hole 8 - 12 inches deep and 6 inches wide. Bury half or two-thirds of the stem in the ground to allow roots to develop and reinforce the plant.
- Between Plants: 36+ inches
- Between Rows: 36+ inches
- Height: 5 - 7 feet
- Width: 36 - 48 inches
- 75 - 85 days
- Loosely packed, well-drained soil composition:
- ½ compost or humus
- ¼ drainage and aeration material (perlite or vermiculite)
- ¼ loam (sand and silt. Small amount of clay)
- Preferred pH: 5.8 - 6.5
- Fertilize soil before initially transplanting with 5-10-10 NPK (dry fertilizer only), compost or aged manure.
- Fertilize with a 5-10-5 NPK once fruit starts to form
- Fertilize every 2 weeks with 5-10-5 NPK until all fruit has fully ripened
- Tomatoes require adequate levels of calcium, magnesium and sulfur for the best harvest. Apply these supplements after the first fruits have started forming.
- A mix of sweetness, tanginess and classic tomato flavors. They have a firm texture that makes them perfect for sandwiches or general snacking.
- Plant next to asparagus, basil, beans, borage, carrots, celery, dill, lettuce, melons, onions, parsley, peppers, radishes, spinach and thyme
- DO NOT plant next to broccoli, brussels, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, kale and potatoes
- DO NOT plant peppers, tomatoes, potatoes or eggplants at the same location where peppers were planted last year
- Consider planting any of the following where you planted peppers the previous year:
- Carrot (Umbelliferae) - celery, carrots, parsley
- Legume (Leguminosae) - peas, beans, lentils
- Mustard/Brassica (Cruciferae) - broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, turnips, radishes
- Sunflower (Compositae) - lettuce, artichokes
- Cucurbit (Cucurbitaceae) - pumpkins, melons, squash, gourds, cucumbers
- Allium (Amaryllidaceae) - onions, garlic, leeks
- Goosefoot (Chenopodiaceae) - spinach, Swiss chard, beets
- These tomatoes do well in areas with good air circulation.
- Tomatoes are susceptible to a variety of leaf fungi. Avoid getting the leaves wet when watering.
- When the plant is about 6 - 8 inches tall, support the plant with stakes or a cage.