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Cherokee Purple Tomato


Cherokee Purple Tomato is an indeterminate, heirloom variety that dates back to the Cherokee Native Americans in Tennessee. Deep red fruits are large and sweet. Solanum lycopersicum. 70 days to maturity.


Cherokee Purple Tomato is an heirloom variety that originated in Tennessee with the Cherokee Native Americans. This giant beefsteak tomato produces elegant fruits that are 5" in diameter. Large fruits are a dark red, almost purple color with some green coloration towards the stem. Cherokee Purple Tomato is an indeterminate variety, which means they will continue producing throughout the warmer months. Prune bottom lateral stems to improve airflow through plants and reduce the possibility of plant diseases. These tomatoes have a rich, full flavor that is tangy and sweet. At full ripeness, they make an excellent tomato sandwich or addition to your favorite sub.


Growing Information

Tomatoes are in the nightshade family along with peppers and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Tomatoes do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. They grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date. If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162-cell trays. Tomatoes can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. We recommend using the Florida Weave trellising technique that involves using stakes and twine along the row. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.

Cherokee Purple Tomato Planting Information

Planting Method: transplant

When to Plant: after last frost

Planting Depth: 1/4"

Seed Spacing: 2'

Row Spacing: 3-4'

Days to Maturity: 70

Disease Resistance: None

Be sure to check out our Tomato Growing Guide for tips & tricks on being successful in growing tomatoes at home.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews

100% germination success! Can’t wait to harvest them, when they are ready!


Coming along very well

Love the Hoss service and quick shipments, but...

We order regularly from Hoss... Forgot these earlier so just needed these seeds. Got on my phone and your web site had all changed... I almost gave up trying to find what I was looking for... Switched to my laptop computer... It wasn't much better... Never did find a page were I could just browse various premium seeds as before... Finally I just did a search for the Cherokee Purple tomatoes and found them... Ordered them and just placed the order and got off the site... If you look at my history, you will see I almost always just buy enough stuff to get me to free shipping thinking I'll need these things eventually... Well this new web site is so cumbersome to navigate, I didn't even try to go back and shop further...

Now as far as the seeds, I ordered these on the recommendation of others who answered that this tomato variety is their best tasting/eating tomato so I had to try them... Planted about half the pack, 25 seeds in a tray... 23 of them have germinated so far... they're in a tray on a Hoss heat mat... We started 7 trays of seeds most all from Hoss and all using Hoss heat mats and almost all hoss 162 trays... Seriously need to work on that site to make it more user friendly tho.


Fast to deliver and seeds are of great quality.

5 out of 5

I LOVE this tomato and I am so pleased by the germination rate99%. I will forever grow this beauty , I highly recommend !