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You can tell that this variety known as Charlie Chaplin Hierloom Tomato has been around for awhile by it's namesake hailing back to the era of black and white film days and the silly comedian actor Charlie Chaplin who is known for his slapstick comedy. This colorful bright orange-red 4 to 10 oz red ruffled tomato is anything but dull. It has all the right components to break up the monotony of the standard globe round red super market tomato options. This can be used as a slicer, a paste, and/or as a stuffing tomato (much like you would stuff a bell pepper.) What's more, Charlie Chaplin actually tastes great, too! It is a chef's delight!
Our seed has been adapted to hydroponic growing conditions and will grow well in both soil and hydroponic conditions. Doesn't have too many seeds — more hollow space on the interior. See our video for a quick tour of what it looks like when sliced. If you timed this right and lived in warmer growing regions, this would be a fun "pumpkin" look alike to serve in October for fall festivities!
Break out of the boring and have fun growing this great mid-sized tomato.
• Charlie Chapman | Solanaceae Lycopersicon lycopersicum
• Indeterminate Heirloom Cherry Tomato Variety
• Hydroponic-Adapted Seed: Will grow in soil just fine, but especially ideal for Hydroponic | Aeroponic | Aquaponic growing conditions
• Non GMO and grown using organic growing practices on our farm
• Grow outside, full sun, during the warm season (nightly temps above 65ºF)
• Seed has been fermented & tested for ideal germination
• Open Field and Hand Pollinated
• 80 days to maturity
• Approximately 15+ seeds p/packet
Grow your health gardening these prolific tomato plants!
Q: What does "Hydroponic Seeds" or "Hydroponically Adapted" in the product description mean?
Q: Did you know that Tomatoes made the EWG's Dirty Dozen List and was number 10 on the list in 2020?
Grow your own tomatoes from seed and keep your body safe from unnecessary pesticide exposure! We show you how to grow tomatoes on the Grow Your Health Gardening web site.
Q: What does "indeterminate", "semi-determinate", and "determinate" variety mean?
A: These descriptors refer to how tall or long the tomato plant will vine. It helps to know because they behave differently in growth habit and fruiting patterns.
• "Indeterminate" indicates that the tomato variety will grow to an undetermined length. It will grow length to the vine continuing to set fruit throughout the season on sections of new growth. These tomatoes need a lot of support to handle vines that can grow up to 10'-12' in some seasons. They also tend to produce fruits throughout the growing season.
• "Determinate" indicates that the tomato variety will grow to a determined length and reach maturity after a determined length of time, setting fruit typically all at one time and then be done. This variety type can have a thicker main stem which helps to support the weight of the plant and usually requires no or minimal staking.
• "Semi-determinate" refers to a tomato variety that is a mix of both—it will grow to a certain point, put on a flush of fruit, but (with proper pruning especially) continue to grow suckers and vine to produce more fruit before fading and stopping all growth and fruit production. This variety type will need some support.
Q: What do the abbreviations mean next to "Tomato Disease Tolerance"?
A: Known disease tolerance or resistance is indicated in parentheses after the variety name. V, F, and N at the end of a variety name indicate known resistance to verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt, and nematodes, respectively. Many factors affect disease resistance and results may vary from region to region and from season to season. Disease resistant varieties will not be totally disease-free but they will resist or tolerate disease better than other varieties. Note that many heirloom tomatoes have not been extensively tested for disease tolerance either in the laboratory, or in extensive field trials - absence of disease resistance information in the variety description does not imply lack of resistance.
|ab = Alternaria (early blight)
|fw2 = Fusarium wilt, race 2
|asc = Alternaria stem canker
|gw = Gray wall
|an = Anthracnose
|gls = Gray leaf spot
|ber = Blossom end rot
|lb = Late blight
|bw = Bacteria wilt
|nhr = Nail head rust
|cf = Cat facing
|rkn = Root knot nematode
|clm = Cladosporium leaf mold
|st = Stemphylium spot
|cr = Crack resistance
|sun = Sun scald
|cs = Crease stem
|tmv = Tobacco mosaic virus
|fw1 = Fusarium wilt, race 1
|vw = Verticillium wilt
very seed has a lifespan and will vary by cultivar, but with some basic good practices you can significanly prolong the life of your seed and protect your investment with a few best practices:
The goal of whatever "container" you choose is to idealy limit moisture and UV light exposure which can reduce germination rates over time. Use a clean and dry glass jar (we like to use an amber colored wide-mouth Mason Jar) with a lid that closes tightly that is large enough to hold several seed packets. Using a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol, wipe down inside of glass jar and allow to completey dry. This step will help to kill any bacteria or fungi residue that could be present on the surface of your jar (especially if your jar has been sitting in storage for awhile).
If you have a food preservation system like a vacuum sealer system or a canister that can seal with a vacuum like this, these work well also — just keep in mind that if you have to access your seed supply, you will have to cut the package open and reseal to put back into storage.