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Name: Mike Jones
Tarlton, OH (Zone 5b)
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m33jones2
Sep 12, 2017 3:27 PM CST
I have been reading for a year or two about how good Cherokee purple tomatoes are, and I was in Walmart one day and saw some seed that said heirloom Cherokee purple variety... USDA organic... I bought them and planted them this year, and they crack really really bad, and the plants are dying from the bottom up, and all I can say for the taste is that it tastes like a tomato, but it's weak and almost flavorless. They look like the pictures I've seen of Cherokee purple, but they're nothing to be impressed by in any way. I'm wondering if this isn't really the same tomato that's supposed to be so good. The seed company is home farmer, www.homefarmer.com. Does anybody know anything about them, whether they're known for having good seed or bad? The seeds had a white coating on them, and looked like little white bb's.



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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Sep 12, 2017 5:07 PM CST
Weather will affect the flavor. As to the splitting and cracking I am not surprised as many heirlooms so that.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Sep 12, 2017 5:50 PM CST
Location makes a difference. I've never had problems with cracking here...until this year. Every one of my 5 varieties has cracked due to our strange weather. Three 3 day heat waves, with foggy weather in between has made a mess of all my plants. Uneven watering doesn't do them any good either..
Name: Mike Jones
Tarlton, OH (Zone 5b)
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m33jones2
Sep 12, 2017 7:31 PM CST
Thanks guys. Yeah I know a lot of tomatoes crack, but these were horrible. I had one plant that didn't crack much at all, and the other seven were all bad. The weather really hasn't been bad here though. And when it was dry I kept my plants watered. Oh well. I might just try a different kind. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Sep 12, 2017 7:43 PM CST
Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Or, in this case, don't put all your hope into one variety of tomato. If you planted 8 plants, plant 4 varieties. Or plant 8 varieties. That way, when one doesn't perform, you have more chances with the others.

The same variety of tomato will perform differently from year to year because of weather, water, fertilizer.... Try the Cherokee Purples again next year but try other types with it.
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sallyg
Sep 13, 2017 5:47 AM CST
I LOVE the taste of CP tomatoes. Grown in here in MD anyway, coastal plain. I had great ones first time I grew them, but last year, plants really failed, this year not as bad but a lot of deep crevices in the bottom, though this is the nature with fused flowers creating the larger fruit. . I'm sorry to say I may give upon CP.
With the economy of four-pack seedlings, I grew 4 different tomatoes. Seed is also economical for trying different kinds.
BB shape seeds must be coated (for easy handling?) natural tomato seeds are flat, whitish. as you see when you eat a tomato.

I'd love to find the CP taste without the cracking. I have a new one to try based only on the description saying it has CP flavor.. Large Barred Boar. Seeds from Pinetree Garden Seeds.
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Name: Mike Jones
Tarlton, OH (Zone 5b)
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m33jones2
Sep 13, 2017 8:45 AM CST
Thanks Daisy and Sally.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Sep 13, 2017 9:13 AM CST
My Cherokee Purple tomatoes do have cracks and markings on top. But the flavor is excellent during July and mid August when it was still hot. The flavor became rather bland when the night becomes cooler and started to rot before they ripened. Night temps of upper 50's and low 60's really stunted my tomatoes growth and ripening.
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Bonehead
Sep 13, 2017 9:25 AM CST
I track my tomatoes each year and have 3 categories, Yum, Meh, and Bleh. I grew Cherokee Purple in 2009 and it earned a Bleh rating with these notes: "doesnโ€™t climb, cracked bad, donโ€™t get again." I didn't note the flavor, so it must not have been anything special. I am in the Pacific NW, with a shorter and cooler season.

I rely heavily on the comment section of the database found here, and wish more tomato growers would add to that. You can also slog through the tomato-related threads in the Vegetable Forum, but some of these number into the hundreds and/or thousands, so that is not the most efficient way to get information.

Good luck finding your personal favorites. It's definitely a process!
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Sep 13, 2017 10:20 AM CST
Or if you can, try planting them in a different spot next season.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Sep 13, 2017 4:14 PM CST
Mine grew same as yours. Also. The flavor was nothing to write home about.
I won't plant them again.
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Name: Mike Jones
Tarlton, OH (Zone 5b)
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m33jones2
Sep 13, 2017 7:47 PM CST
I did save some seed from my best plant. I might plant a couple next year and give them another chance. I rotated everything the best I could, but the only way that worked this year for everything else was to put tomatoes where I had melons last year. Maybe they just aren't getting all they need to taste good.
I know one thing, there really do taste better when they ripen on the vine than they do when I get them earlier and ripen them inside. They just take so long and I get impatient sometimes. Shrug!
Thank you guys for your answers.
I'm going to have to check out that comment section on the database. I'm new here and didn't even notice it yet.
Thank You!

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