Organic Cherokee-Purple Tomato Seeds
Grown and harvested in Ontario, organic Cherokee-Purple Tomato seeds take 80 days to reach maturity. This indeterminate variety is a contender for one of the tastiest tomatoes. The large, dusky-pink tomatoes have a complex sweet, smoky taste. They are said to have been grown by the Cherokee people of the USA . This is not a tomato to grow for bushels and bushels of fruit but one to have on hand for the incredible taste. For best taste, pick when slightly under-ripe, shoulders will still be green. Can get mushy if left to ripen too long. This tomato is on the US Slow Food Ark of Taste.
Start tomatoes indoors 6-8 weeks before your frost-free date. Sow seed .5 cm deep and keep warm and moist. Seeds will germinate in 5-10 days at 21-24 C. Move seedlings into 10 cm pots and give them a rich mix with lots of compost, or use a good organic growing medium. Keep soil on the dry side. Harden plants off before planting outdoors by exposing to outdoor conditions a few hours at a time for 2-3 days. This will toughen them up for life in the garden or field. When transplanting seedlings into the garden bury the stem so that are only 2 sets of leaves showing above the soil surface. The plant will root all along the buried stem creating a strong root system and healthy plants. Indeterminate varieties are best staked or trellised. Determinate varieties do not need staking.
About Organic Seeds
What are organic seeds? An organic seed is an unaltered seed that comes from a purely raised plant with no genetic modification and that has not been affected by chemical applications or additives. Because organic growers are not permitted to use synthetic pesticides on their plants, the plants naturally become adapted to withstand pests and other natural enemies such as harsh weather. They have to, in order to defend themselves. When organic seed is used, the plants have that intrinsic strength. In other words, the flavour, colour, nutrition, and natural defenses are bred into the seed.