Data specific to Tomatoes (Edit)
Skin Color: Pink
Fruit Shape: Plum
Grape/Oval
Fruit Size: Small
Leaf Type: Regular-Leaf
Best Uses: Salad
Growth Mode: Indeterminate
Earliness: Mid-season

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)
Plant Height: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Plant Spread: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Leaves: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: Direct sowing into the garden not recommended. Sow seeds into sterile seed starting mix, 1/8"-1/4" deep, indoors, 6-8 weeks prior to last expected frost date. Optimal germination occurs in 7-14 days with constant moisture and soil temperatures of 75-90F.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Containers: Preferred depth: Some tomato varieties, primarily dwarf and determinate varieties, are suitable for container gardening. Large, vining, indeterminate types can be grown in 5 gallon or larger containers but may require extra attention.

Common names
  • Tomato

Comments:
  • Posted by MikeD (Liberal, Oregon - Zone 8b) on May 16, 2015 4:20 PM concerning plant:
    Although there are companies selling a tomato by this name, there are several factual inconsistencies:
    • After reviewing a collection of Porter & Son seed annuals representative of their existence, they never released a variety by this name.
    • The seed sold by this name is pink in color - not "dark."
    • The seed sold by this name is plum-shaped and not "cherry" shaped.
    To further complicate this subject, there is a variety called, 'Porter, Charles Herring Strain' - Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Porter, Charles Herring Strain') - which is most like the variety now being sold as Porter's Dark Cherry or simply as Porter!

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