The Cherokee Indians were said to have been cultivating the Cherokee Purple tomato over 100 years ago. It is a dark rose to purple tomato with dark red meat. The fruit can get as big as 1 pound on the indeterminate plants. They are perhaps the best tasting of the heirloom tomatoes with a sweet tomato flavor.
How To Grow: Plant in full sun.
Spacing: Plant 18″ apart.
Height: Grows 4′ to 5′ tall.
Outstanding Features: Good resistance to Fusarium Wilt.
Tips: Tomatoes will grow in any good garden soil that is properly drained. Good drainage is necessary to prevent “blossom-end rot”. The ground should be tilled deeply before the tomatoes are planted. The soil should also be enriched with compost, leaf mold, peat moss or commercial humus. Manure can be used, if at all, with caution. Set plants out after danger from frost has passed and plant them a bit deeper than what they were growing in their containers. If your plants are a bit spindly, plant them on their sides and cover with dirt up to their first leaves. Roots will grow along the buried stem and produce sturdier plants. To avoid wilts and other serious problems, rotate tomatoes and other related vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, eggplants) with non-related vegetables such as legumes and cucurbits (squash, cucumbers). Check out plant tags to see what a tomato variety is resistant to.
*Indeterminate tomatoes continue to grow, set fruit, and ripen continuously until a frost arrives. Also known as vining types, they require staking or other support.