Tomato Cherokee Purple
- Features: A medium, dark purple, flattened globe with a flavour that is rich and full, and is often compared to Brandywine. The flesh is multi-coloured, ranging from dusky pink to brick red and is very attractive sliced on a plate. Interior is multi coloured; ranging from purple to brown, to green. Plants make large, but relatively short vines. Indeterminate vine type.
- Maturity: 80-90 days / 283-340g (10-12oz) fruit, 13cm across and 9cm deep.
- Light: Plant in full sun.
- Soil and water: The ideal soil conditions are fertile, deep, well-drained soil with a ph level of 6.0 to 7.0. Tomatoes need even watering to prevent rotting. Water thoroughly but not too often (twice per week should suffice at first), and try to water early in the day so that plants will dry off before evening. This helps to reduce disease problems. Use drip or soaker hoses whenever possible. Water is used more efficiently this way and the leaves don't get wet.
- Spacing: Plant 60-90cm (24-36") apart in rows 120cm (48") apart.
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- Garden use: Vegetable garden or raised garden beds. Most tomato plants can also grow in large container gardens.
- Growing tips: Planting depth: bury 2/3 of the plant. Plant your tomatoes quite deep into the ground. The deeper you root your plants, the stronger they will be as they grow. Plant tomatoes after the threat of frost has passed. Tomatoes thrive best when they are grown around chives, onions, parsley, marigolds, nasturtiums, carrots or garlic. Avoid planting tomato plants by cabbages and the potato family.
- Culinary use: Can be served in salads or on sandwiches as a fresh tomato, used as a main ingredient for salsas and used for canning or drying.
Apply a mulch of straw or other loose organic matter 5-8cm (2-3") deep around the plants. This will reduce weed growth and help retain the moisture in the soil.
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