Tomato- Cherokee Purple (Heirloom)

Tomato- Cherokee Purple (Heirloom)

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Tomato- Cherokee Purple Heirloom

Solanum lycopersicum

Allegedly, the seeds came from Cherokee gardeners who grew this big dark purple heirloom tomato for 100 plus years. It's been compared to Brandywine, with its full, rich taste often described as a balance of sweet, acid, and savory. Most will agree that Cherokee Purple is the clear winner when it comes to flavor. When these 8-16oz "ugly" fruit are diced or sliced, the flesh colors range from purplish, to greens and browns, with some dark pink. Wide, long vines grow quickly, so this indeterminate tomato needs lots of staking on a large trellis. Cherokee Purple tomatoes, like a lot of older heirlooms, produce more flowers on their secondary and tertiary branches, so keep the trimming of the "suckers" to a minimum. If you need to thin out leaves, not branches. More branching means more tomatoes, however, if your leaves become a clustered mess, it can lead to disease. Therefore give them the space and trellis they need. This tomato will continue to fruit with night time lows in the lower 70's.

Days to germination

 3-10 days

Days to maturity

80-90 days

Life cycle


Plant time

Mid-July to the end of August AND Jan to mid-Feb


36 inches


Full sun ( direct sunlight)

Soil temperature

45-60 F

Optimum soil P.H

6.2 -6.8


4-6 feet


October to Frost and March to Mothers Day/Fathers Day-ish

Our aim is to fulfill your order as quickly as possible. While most orders are processed within 7 days, we understand that sometimes it may take longer. Please note that expedited shipping options like Next Day Air or 2nd Day Air only affect the transit time once your order leaves our facility, not the preparation time.

Pickup Orders
Pickup orders are typically ready within 2-4 days. If you require it sooner, please let us know, and we will do our best to accommodate you. For bagged soil pickup orders, please refer to the details below. Once your pickup order is ready, we will contact you (usually by text) to schedule a 2-hour pickup appointment window. Pickup times are available 7 days a week, between 7 am and 9 pm. Your order will be placed under the brown tent in front of our location at 7409 N Highland Ave Tampa, FL 33604, for easy pickup.

Live Plants
For out-of-state orders, we ship on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Florida orders are shipped on Mondays or Tuesdays. If you place an out-of-state order on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, it will likely be shipped the following Tuesday or Wednesday. Florida orders placed on Sunday or Monday may be shipped the following week. We schedule shipments this way to ensure that live plants don't travel over the weekend, minimizing any potential damage.

Seed Orders
Our seed packets are prepared over the weekend. Orders consisting only of seeds are shipped on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Bulk Soil
After you place your order, we will contact you to arrange the soil delivery. Please note that our trailer or dump truck is large and heavy, with a limited turning radius. We cannot be held responsible for any damage within 1.5 ft of the edge of the driveway or the designated delivery area. If there are plants, grass, artificial turf, sprinkler heads, or any other items within 1.5 ft of the edge, they may be damaged. We are not liable for any damage unless it is due to gross driver negligence. Driveway surfaces (concrete, shell, pavers, turf, etc.) and anything within 1.5 ft of the drive may experience cracking, splitting, breaking, depressions, tracks, etc. Please be aware that large item deliveries carry inherent risks. If the driver determines that it is unsafe to dump the soil in your desired location, they will either choose a safe alternative or the soil will not be delivered, but the delivery fee will still apply.

Bagged Soil
We fill bagged soil orders every Wednesday. If your order is placed after 4 pm on Tuesday, it will be filled on the following Wednesday. Once your bags of soil are ready, we will follow the regular pickup protocol mentioned above.

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