Cherokee Purple Pole Tomato Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

This packet yields approximately 20 plants when started inside.
3.8333333333333 out of 5 stars
(12 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
'Cherokee Purple' is said to have been given to a Tennessee family by the Cherokees over 100 years ago. This treasured tomato has just the right balance of sweetness and even a hint of smoke, making it a winner in taste tests. From summer to fall, you'll harvest more than enough 10–12 oz. tomatoes from this well-regarded heirloom variety. Provide support for vigorous vines that reach 6' or more.
$2.29 25 seeds

Botanical Name: Solanum lycopersicum

Days to Maturity: 80 days from transplanting

Family: Solanaceae

Native: Andes

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: Vines up to 6' or longer

Variety Information: 10–12 oz., thin-skinned rose/purple fruits with brick red-colored interior. It is said that in the late 1890s, Native American Cherokees gave seeds of this tomato to someone who kept the line alive. One hundred years later, the tomato was revived, and the seeds became available to the public through retail sales.

Type: Indeterminate, slicer (Learn more)

When to Sow Outside: For mild climates only: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting. Transplant when air temperature is 45°F or warmer, usually 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–90°F.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 24"–36"

Row Spacing: 36"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 24"–36"

Harvesting: 'Cherokee Purple' tomatoes are at the peak of sun-ripened deliciousness when fully colored and have a slight give when gently squeezed.

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Cherokee Purple Pole Tomato Seeds Reviews

12 reviews

Beautiful and delicious

5 out of 5 stars Jul 21, 2018
These are large, pretty tomatoes with an unusual sweet, smoky flavor- great for burgers and salsas. One of my favorite heirlooms for flavor and appearance.
Michelle Mueller from IA

Got them. Thanks

5 out of 5 stars Mar 27, 2019
The seeds got here fine. Will seed start this week. Thanks
Vicki from MI

Purple Cherokee Tomato

3 out of 5 stars Aug 29, 2020
The Purple Cherokee tomato plant produced a medium large, flavorful tomato but there were very few tomatoes on the plants.
Christine Peebles from CO

Produced until December (sown in March) - great flavor

5 out of 5 stars Jan 14, 2021
Loved this cherokee seed, definitely buying again in 2020. I would slice these and put a little salt on them and eat them right up then and there.
Mara Sohn from CA

My Favorite Tomato

5 out of 5 stars Jan 14, 2021
I grow these every year because I think they are the best tasting tomato. They are naturally a little salty, a little sweet, and have an amazing tomato smell and flavor. We slice them, sprinkle them with a tiny bit of flake salt, and eat them with some fresh basil and over-easy eggs for breakfast. My dogs think they are delicious too, and love to eat a few chunks while I'm cutting them up. Knock on wood, I've had no disease issues with this variety. They are fairly drought tolerant, but they definitely produce better with more regular, deep root watering.
Lindsey H from CO

Four years later, still going strong

5 out of 5 stars Apr 15, 2021
These Cherokee Purples were the first seeds I bought from Botanical Interests back in 2017 from a local nursery and are what hooked me onto this brand. Very easy to grow, nearly 100% germination rate, and high fruit yield in both garden beds and Earthboxes. Absolutely delicious, stunning looking fruit. Highly recommend!
Joan from CO


5 out of 5 stars Jul 23, 2021
I am so impressed with this tomato! Just picked the first one and am over the moon! The flavor is mouthwateringly delicious, unique and rich! Next year this may be the only one I grow.
Ann from IN

Cherokee Purple Pole Tomato Seeds

1 out of 5 stars Aug 7, 2021
Very small fruit. Very poor taste. I have grown Cherokee Purples for many years. I've always had large, great tasting fruit. I was surprised by the small size of the seeds. This should have been a warning. There is zero chance that I will buy these again.
ken from CA
Owner Response: Hi Ken, We are sorry the fruit on these plants was small for you. A phosphorus-rich fertilizer and ample water can help boost fruit size. A customer service agent will be contacting you to help.

good yield and a great variety

5 out of 5 stars Sep 28, 2021
This knobby heirloom is juicy and delicious and was prolific for me this year. I highly recommend.
Joe from CO

Cherokee Purple Tomato

1 out of 5 stars Nov 5, 2021
We had a terrific hail storm when all of my tomato plants were about 2 feet tall, killed them. Replanted with some I'd given to my daughter where they were not hit by the hail storm and were smaller. Did not produce one tomato.
Keri from CO
Owner Response: Hi Keri, Like some other reviews you left today this issue is related to growing conditions, not the seed. Please don't hesitate to contact us to get help troubleshooting growing issues. Happy gardening!

The Best Tasting Tomatoes I've Ever Grown

5 out of 5 stars Nov 10, 2021
There seemed to be a mixup with the moneymaker pole seeds and we received the seeds for cherokee purple instead, but I am SO HAPPY for the mixup! These were absolutely stunning --- dark purple. They are simply the most delicious tomatoes I have ever grown. I could just eat them plain. I really recommend trying these out.
Grace from CO
Owner Response: Hi Grace, We are so sorry for the mix-up, but glad you loved the outcome. It has been corrected and we will be contacting you by email to make it right.

So disappounted

1 out of 5 stars Apr 4, 2022
I was really excited about these tomatoes but out of 25 seeds 2 sprouted and then they died.
Dora from AZ
Owner Response: Hi Dora, It sounds like there may be some opportunities to improve growing conditions. Once sprouted, seeds rely on environmental conditions to thrive. Our horticulturist would be happy to help you troubleshoot issues, horticulturists@botanicalinterests.com. A customer service agent will contact you by email regarding the germination issue.

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