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75-80 days. The best of Cherokee Purple and Carbon, these beautiful beefsteaks have a dusky blush and rich, delicious flavor. The bulky, slightly squat fruit average 10-12 ounces each. Indeterminate.

Heirloom Marriage™ Series
By crossing 2 beloved heirlooms together, the resulting cultivar bears the best qualities of both parent varieties with the added benefits of hybrid vigor, uniformity and yield.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
delicious dark tomato!

The plants I got were healthy and vigorous. They grew fairly well here in northern Illinois under intense sun, dry conditions and widely varying temperatures. These are delicious, dark tomatoes. I grew them mainly for fresh eating but had extra and made the best fresh tomato sauce. Will definitely grow these again!

Jim B.
Excellent variety for greenhouse, my new favorite

The plants were received in excellent condition, healthy and vibrant. Cherokee Carbon is now my favorite variety to grow, it is early, bears many large dark fruit that are sweet and very tasty. I primarily grow them hydroponically in the greenhouse using Dutch Buckets. They handle the intense temperatures and humidity of the greenhouse even in July. The plants grown in the garden with traditional methods also produce great results but are later. Cherokee Carbon is also my favorite tomato to eat in a sandwich, in a Caprese salad or just plain right out of the garden.

Janice J.
Best Black tomato I've grown

For more than twenty years I was known as the Tomato Queen by my Master Gardening group. I grew more than 250 varieties looking for the best tomatoes for my area. I know a great tomato when I grow one and this is a great tomato. It's not always the prettiest tomato, but it has great heirloom tomato taste. It is also productive. One plant gave me 15 pounds of tomatoes in one picking. I now live in Nevada and have a small garden. I had two plants of Cherokee Carbon and two of Genuwine. I weighed two of the harvests at the end of the season and they were 30 pounds each, I estimate that for the season I harvested 90-100 pounds tomatoes from my four plants. One of my friends said that Cherokee Carbon was the best tomato she had ever tasted.

Soil Temp for Germ 70-90°F
Seed Depth 1/4"
Days to Emergence 6-14
Soil Temp for Transp 55°F
Plant Spacing See below
Row Spacing 3-4'
Fertilizer Needs High
Minimum Germination 80%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 280-320
Seed Life 3 years

Lycopersicon lycopersicum The first ripe, juicy tomato of summer is a delicious milestone of the season for gardeners. Each year we test and evaluate more than 250 tomato varieties to bring you the most flavorful, best performing selections, for every desired use. An array of nutrients and antioxidants including the especially potent lycopene, found in its highest concentration in tomatoes, supports healthy eyesight, cardiovascular health, cancer-fighting capacity, and more.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of transplant.

Determinate tomatoes: grow compactly, sprawling laterally, usually do not require staking, and fruit ripens over a short period of time
Indeterminate tomatoes: grow on long vines, generally require pruning to 1 or 2 leaders that need to be trellised
• Fertile, well-drained raised beds covered with plastic mulch promote early growth and better yields
• Tomatoes are high feeders and will benefit from regular fertilization with Age Old Bloom
• To prevent blossom end rot use a high calcium amendment
• Overwatering can cause fruit to crack

Direct Sowing
• Not recommended

• Sow seeds in trays 6-8 weeks before anticipated transplant date; up-pot into 3-4 inch pots when the first set of true leaves appears
• Strong light and cooler temperatures (60-70°F) prevent plants from getting leggy
• Fertilize with Age Old Grow every 10-14 days
• When transplanting work in compost, 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer, and handful of bone meal
• Determinates can be spaced 18-24 inches apart, indeterminates 24-36 inches apart
• Tomatoes can be buried up to the top 2 sets of leaves
• Use Kozy-Coats or Victorian Bell Cloches to protect young plants

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Flea beetles and tomato hornworms
Insect control: Pyrethrin or row cover for flea beetles, and Monterey B.t. for tomato hornworms
Common diseases: Early and late blight
Disease prevention: A strict 3-4 year rotation, remove vines at the end of the year, fungicide

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when fully ripe, do not refrigerate for best flavor
• Green fruit should be ripened in a cool, dark area; make sure fruit are not touching

• HR indicates high resistance.
• IR indicates intermediate resistance.
• Aal | Alternaria Stem Canker
• AB | Early (Alternaria) Blight
• B | Bacterial Wilt
• F* | Fusarium Wilt
• FOR | Fusarium Crown and Root Rot
• L | Gray Leaf Spot
• LB* | Late Blight
• LM* | Leaf Mold
• N | Roundworm | Nematode
• PL | Corky Root Rot
• PST | Bacterial Speck
• RK | Root-Knot
• TMV | Tobacco Mosaic Virus
• ToANV* | Tomato Apex Necrotic Virus
• ToMV* | Tomato Mosaic Virus
• TSWV | Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus
• TYLCV | Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus
• V* | Verticillium Wilt
* Numbers and letters indicate specific disease race.

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