Cherokee Purple Tomato Grafted Plant
Grow the Crop of a Lifetime with this Grafted Tomato!
Here's how grafting works: the top part of a Cherokee Purple plant is attached to the root system of another, more vigorous tomato variety. We have chosen a variety that is resistant to a wide range of tomato diseases, including Fusarium Wilt races 1 and 2, Nematodes, Fusarium Crown Root Rot, Corky Root Rot, Tobacco Mosaic Virus, and Verticillium Wilt. Unbeatable protection!
When you receive your plants, you'll see the grafting site, covered with a clear plastic splint. (As the plant grows, the splint will pop off; no action required on your part!) Plant and grow your tomato like any other, with one exception: if any branches appear BELOW the graft site, prune them off, because they won't be Cherokee Purple.
Grafted tomatoes are so vigorous and productive that many people prune them down to 2 or 3 main branches to train up a trellis or other support, but this isn't necessary as long as you have the space for the full plant. Just make sure you give the plant plenty of support, and keep it well-aerated. (If the branches become too dense in the center of the plant, do a little judicious pruning.) All our grafted tomatoes are indeterminate, meaning they continue to grow and produce all season long. So find a sturdy support and watch this plant take off!
Cherokee Purple was growing in Tennessee at least 120 years ago, in the heart of the Cherokee Nation. This absolutely beautiful dark purple fruit has a very glossy skin and a sharp, distinctive tomato tang. Heavy yields occur even on plants that aren't grafted, so you can imagine the production you're going to get! Expect the fruit to weigh about a pound each.
We definitely recommend that you give grafted tomatoes a whirl this season. They're fascinating to grow, and the results are simply delicious! Pack of 3.