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Cherokee Purple heirloom tomato is a tomato we grow to use as a slicing tomato as it has one of the best flavors out there to us. Put this juicy tomato on a BLT and just savor the taste of summer right in your mouth. We always look forward to this variety being ready.
Cherokee Purple is an indeterminate tomato variety and it has been adapted to grow in a hydroponic system which will mean a stronger and more prolific plant if you grow it in hydroponic, aeroponic, or aquaponic system like the Tower Garden FLEX. We do not recommend this variety for indoors unless you have an extra-large grow light set-up — it's footprint is definitely not conducive to the Aerogarden or Zip Grow — we recommend to instead opt to grow outdoors during the warm season (nights above 65ºF) for optimum production. We grew the parent plant in a Bato Bucket hydroponic system and trellised vines to the side.
"My favorite (variety to grow) is ‘Cherokee Purple,’ due to its current staggering popularity, the amazing quality of the tomatoes, and the part I got to play in its introduction. The ‘Cherokee Purple’ story also perfectly illustrates the fragility of heirlooms. If the Cherokees of eastern Tennessee didn’t share seeds with the granddad of Jean Greenlee . . . if the grandad didn’t pass them on to Jean . . . if Jean didn’t share them with John Green . . . if John didn’t send them to me . . . if I didn’t name and then send them to Jeff McCormack of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange . . . if Jeff didn’t list the variety in the 1993 catalog—if even one of those things had not happened, we probably wouldn’t have ‘Cherokee Purple’ today."
— Craig LeHoullier, Author of Epic Tomatoes and one of the original Seed Stewards responsible for preserving and naming the Cherokee Purple variety (Source: SSE)
• Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomato
• Indeterminate Heirloom Tomato Variety (Slicer)
• Hydroponic-Adapted Seed: Will grow just fine in soil, but especially ideal for Hydroponic | Aeroponic | Aquaponic growing conditions
• 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
• 72-80 Days to Maturation
• Approximately 12 seeds p/packet
Grow your health gardening these fantastic tomato plants!
Q: What does "Hydroponic Seeds" or "Hydroponically Adapted" in the product description mean?
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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.