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As a comment about Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Cherokee Purple'), BookerC1 wrote:

This was one of the first heirloom tomatoes I tried as I ventured outside the range of the hybrids commonly available in my area. I found this variety especially easy to grow from seed, and I consistently lose less to damping off than some varieties. The plants grow vigorously and are some of the larger tomato plants in my garden. They aren't a terribly prolific producer, but the rich, almost smoky flavor makes them well worth the space in my garden! This one is a constant in my garden. I have about 4 varieties that I always grow, among an average of 15-18 tomato varieties each year, and this is one of my four "keepers."

Name: Mike Jones
Tarlton, OH (Zone 5b)
Organic Gardener Region: Ohio Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Seed Starter Native Plants and Wildflowers
Dog Lover Canning and food preservation Heirlooms
Sep 13, 2017 8:04 PM CST
My plants did really good as far as growing vigorously, but that good smoky flavor I keep reading about... mine don't have it. They have all been pretty mild and bland so far. And out of 8 plants, 7 cracked really bad, so I couldn't let most of them ripen all the way because half of it would be rotten by the time the other half was ready. One of the plants is doing alright though, and producing a lot of tomatoes mostly 3-4"and round on that plant.. But all of the plants around early July started just dying from the bottom up. No yellow, no warning, just drying up and falling off. Now I've got no leaves about 3 1/2' up the vine. Maybe that's what's affecting the taste.

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