Cherokee Purple Tomato Seeds; organic + heirloom

Cherokee Purple Tomato Seeds; organic + heirloom

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One seed packet filled with wild magic: heirloom organic seeds grown and collected by hand on our small scale farm. For expert and aspiring gardeners. An environmentally conscious alternative to conventional seed.

In an effort to save on paper and ink, planting instructions can be found below. Printed instructions are available by selecting the option for our planting information postcard. A beautiful postcard including the main listing photo for this seed variety, plus detailed planting instructions on the back.

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{cherokee purple tomato}
Lycopersicon esculentum
15+ seeds

Cherokee Purple tomatoes are said to have originated with the Cherokee Indians. Purple/deep red skin with dark maroon flesh. Sweet, rich, and juicy fruits with fewer seeds than Black Krim tomatoes. Often on top ten lists of best tasting heirloom tomatoes. Pruning is not recommended as Cherokee Purple is prone to sunburn. 

{planting information}
Days to Maturity: 77
Lifecycle: annual
Sunlight: full sun
Height: 3-5'
Spread: 18-24" 

{how to plant} 
Seed should be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost. Seeds started later may not have enough time to reach maturity before the first autumnal killing frost. Seedlings can be transplanted into the garden once all danger of frost has passed. Plant seeds 1/8" deep in pots, keep well watered to ensure proper germination. The minimum soil germination temperature is 50ºF but seeds may take up to 30 days to germinate at this temperature. The ideal germination temperature for tomatoes is 75ºF. Thin to one tomato plant per >12" pot, or one tomato plant every 18".

Adding too much compost or manure to freshly transplanted seedlings may cause an abundance of top green growth with little fruit set. Adding a layer of compost to the soil once flowers have appeared will add a nutrient boost to help encourage growth of tomatoes. Tomato plants may need to be staked or caged in order to keep tomatoes off the ground and prevent rot.

Seeds are packaged in 100% recycled, 20% post-consumer waste brown kraft envelopes. Thank you for recycling again.