Cherokee Purple wins heirloom tomato taste tests over and over, and for good reason. It’s the most tomato-y flavored tomato I’ve ever had—rich, sweet flavor, meaty texture, and relatively low water content make this easily the best eating tomato out there.
Fruits grow up to 1 lb. each and have a distinct purple blush fading to red from the stem end down. We’ve been working on selecting this variety for traits suitable for container growth for six years now and are happy to say we think we nailed it– no small feat for a big tomato grown in a confined space.
- Date: Start Indoors: March 1- May 1, Transplant: May 15- June 15
- Planting Depth: ¼ in.
- Special Instructions: Make sure to keep soil temperature above 70 degrees when starting tomato seeds indoors. Keep seed starts close to a radiator or space heater or use a greenhouse heating pad. Do not transplant until nighttime temperatures near 60 degrees consistently.
- Germination Rate: 99%
- For Raised Beds: Space plants 18 in. apart with 18 in. between rows, leaving room for trailing plants and trellising.
- For Containers: Grow in a container at least the size of a five-gallon bucket. Needs deep soil and at least 12 in. of lateral space.