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Cherokee Purple Tomato Plant

  • - Spacing: 36 inches
  • - Days to Harvest: 80
  • - Production: Indeterminate
  • - A tomato to try for a different flavor, WOW
  • - Each 3-Inch Pot contains 1 Cherokee Purple Tomato Plant
Plant Features

Cherokee Purple Tomato Plants produce purplish colored, extremely sweet and smoky flavored tomatoes that wins many tasting competitions. The 8-12-ounce fruits offer good crack resistance, even during the driest weather. This heirloom is thought to come from the Cherokee Indians during the late 1800’s.

Tomato Companion Plants: Carrot, Chive, Garlic Bulbs, Onion, Marigold, Parsley

Tomato Growing Tips

  • Watch for green caterpillars that will eat the leaves and fruits, hand pick and destroy as you find them
  • To prevent blight and other foliar diseases, it is important to avoid watering the leaves and to use Serenade Garden Disease Control or a copper fungicide as needed

Our Cherokee Purple Tomato Plants are grown with a commitment to natural methods, ensuring they're healthy and robust. Guaranteed to arrive alive and thriving!

Attribute name Attribute value
Plant Needs
Sunlight 6+ hours
Watering Needs Consistently moist, but not waterlogged
Soil Properties Well-drained
Tolerates Sandy soil
Fertilizer When transplanted and then every 3-4 weeks
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Growing Support Cage, Netting, Stake
Attribute name Attribute value
Plant Characteristics
When to harvest When the skin yields slighty to finger pressure
Production Time Fruit ripens throughout the season
Habit Sprawling
Foliage Color Green
Plant Type Heirloom

Product Reviews


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Top Reviews

Excellent mid-sized tomato!

This delicious juicy tomato is rather purple-ish in color. The plant arrived a day after being ordered in excellent condition, and is now covered with blossoms.

From Lee | April 30, 2023

Cherokee Purple tomatoes

Wanted heirloom tomatoes this year!! Product arrived in clever shipping containers, they look robust. Was not able to plant immediately but seem to be doing okay and am hoping for the best tomato crop ever!!

From Cecelia | April 12, 2023

Cherokee Purple Tomato Plant

I LOVE THIS COMPANY! They provide very fast shipping of very healthy plants delivered safely in unique packaging!

From Karen | September 19, 2022

Smooth, smoky flavor

This is my third year buying Cherokee Purple tomato plants from here, and I'm very happy with my purchases. One year, one of the stems broke in shipping, but I didn't have any problems with customer service issuing a refund. The Cherokee Purple tomato isn't as big of a beef steak as the Striped German, which is my other favorite, but it's denser and has a deeper flavor. I like growing it as a nice contrast to the fruity notes of the Striped German.

From Candace | May 29, 2022

Love Cherokee Purple Tomatoes

The combination of Cherokee Purple tomatoes and the service from Growjoy make this a very nice transaction. I know I will get a great product and very good service.

From David | May 14, 2022

healthy plant

plant was packaged so they look like they were just picked. looked like i just picked it up from a local store.

From william | April 30, 2022

better packaging each time.

plant arrived in excellent shape

From BRUCE | March 29, 2022


The plant was a good size and is producing lots of tomatoes.

From Sherry | August 22, 2021

a favorite

Healthy plants. These are a wonderful heirloom tomatoes. In the ground and doing well. Thanks Grow Joy

From Frank | June 27, 2021

Who Knew

Who Knew healthy and good sized tomato plants were available online? I received plants I never expected. Healthy, good size, and happily transplanted. I will return again and again. Thank you so much...

From Barbara | June 12, 2021

Great Plants

Plants arrived on time and healthy they are in the ground and doing great I would highly recommend Growjoy

From Virgil | May 02, 2021

Greenhouse beauties

Grew Cherokee Purples in my greenhouse this winter and now have Christmas tomatoes. They taste so good.

From anonymous | December 23, 2020

GrowJoy Tomatoes

LOVE Cherokee Purple tomatoes. When I discovered that I could not find them anywhere this year in Brevard County Florida I searched online. So lucky to have found GrowJoy! There are nearly 5 feet tall in only a few weeks! Gorgeous plants! Thank you GrowJoy!

From Robert | October 06, 2020

Tomato Plants Arrived in Good Shape!

Vigorous, healthy plants are growing big after three weeks.

From David | September 15, 2020

Best Plant Ever!

Love my new tomato plant! Shipped in a container that King Kong would have trouble destroying! Healthy and strong! Already has doubled it's size and is flowering in just a week! Will do it again next year!! Randy. Would add a picture if I could figure out how.

From randall | August 29, 2020

fabulous plant

healthy and sturdy and i am waiting for the's not as hot in the bay area as other places so it takes longer

From janet | July 28, 2020

Cherokee purple tomatoes

Got my 3 tomato plants 4 days after I placed my order. I am very impressed by the size and health of my plants and can't wait to get heirloom tomatoes so we can eat tomato sandwiches. Will order from GrowJoy again.

From Bonnie | July 28, 2020


I tried these 1st year i'm not a spring chicken they will be in my garden every year from now on. Wonderful flavor excellent for a sandwich. Or whatever you choose to put it in.

From anonymous | July 22, 2020

Great purchase!

Cherokee purples arrived in sturdy packaging with fresh, healthy plants. They are now almost 5 feet tall, great foliage, lots of tomatoes. I can’t wait till they are ready to eat! This will be my "go to” plant company.

From Marianne | July 07, 2020


healthy plant, well packed, speedy delivery

From andy | June 15, 2020

Excellent Plants

Even though it was 7 days before the plants arrived, they all were in excellent shape. I'll write more when they have a chance to grow.

From Robert | May 02, 2020

Very Nice Plants

Plants arrived in excellent condition. I had also ordered plants from another source and was very disappointed in their plant shipping packaging.

From William | April 12, 2019

Early Tomatoes

Plants arrived in great shape and taller than yrs past. Thank you for shipping early!

From anonymous | March 22, 2019


love this place always sending the best

From linda | June 03, 2018

Big healthy plants

You have awesome plants!

From Sharon M | May 23, 2018

Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomato Plant

This is the 2nd year I ordered this particular plant. It was very healthy, even more so than last year. The tomatoes it produces are wonderful! Will be ordering it again next year.

From Jody | May 18, 2018


My Cherokee purple tomato plants arrived well protected, undamaged and healthy. Plants I have ordered from other sources in the past would arrive wilted,and broken, Wish I could report on the quality of the fruit, but it is much to early for that. I plan to update my review when the harvest comes in.

From ANGELA | May 11, 2018



From MIKE | April 26, 2018


First try for me with this type of tomato plants arrived looking very healthy and well stemmed

From Sheila | October 26, 2017

arrived in good shape, healthy and tall plants

The plants, Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomato arrived in perfect condition, were tall and have survived transplanting extremely well. I will continue to do business with these guys after having tried many others.

From David | May 21, 2017


We were very pleased w/the great help in ordering & healthy arrival condition of our Cherokee Purple Tomato plants-speedy delivery time as well- thank you very much!

From Marlene | September 22, 2016

Cherokee Purple Tomato

Quality plants, quick delivery. Great transaction.

From anonymous | September 11, 2016

Cherokee Purple

Everything came healthy and beautiful! Just spectacular....from the first phone call to delivery...customer service gets an A+++++! Sandie

From Sandie | April 21, 2016

robust plant

great flavor on my Cherokee Purple

From lynne | June 06, 2015

Cherokee Purple Plants

Really happy with the shipping the plants arrived when expected and were packed securely. This is a new variety of tomato for me...I hope I can convince my family that tomatoes come in other colors! Or I can eat them all myself. Can hardly wait until July!

From Michael | May 21, 2015

Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomato Plant

Doing great!

From Kathryn | April 22, 2015

Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomato Plant

Planted the Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomato Plant on a sunny exposure deck, fast growing and sturdy plant. Held up to hot summer heat.

From Tom | April 10, 2015

Cherokee Purple Tomato plants

Plants arrived in great condition and are looking great in my raised beds!

From Justin | March 26, 2015


My Cherokee Purple Tomato plant is still perky and thriving quite well since I planted them one and a half weeks ago.

From Inez Zoe Esters | June 05, 2014

my Heirloom Tomato is growing!

fast shipping and nice packing! The Cherokee Purple plant is strong and growing in my small garden!

From haiying | May 08, 2014

Heirloom Tomato

Great producing plant. Cherokee Purple arrived in Great Shape

From Don | May 08, 2014

Heirloom Tomato order

Cherokee Purple plants arrived in good condition.

From Debbie | March 27, 2014

Heirloom Tomato plant

I want to personally thank you for your prompt service. I will certainly be ordering from you in the future

From Patricia | August 17, 2013



From William | August 14, 2013

Shipment of live tomato plants

I was concerned about the shipping of live plants. I was not sure how they would do being tossed around in the back of a truck. My biggest concern was would they be viable enough to survive the trip and then to be transplanted into my Garden. Wow! They looked pretty good and within a couple of hours of being transplanted one would never have known they had been shipped. They look wonderful and I am really looking forward to our tomato crop this fall. Thanks for all you do.

From Robert | August 12, 2013


The Heirloom Tomato plants arrived in perfect condition. The packaging was impressive. Good purchase!

From Travis | August 07, 2013

beautiful Cherokee Tomato plants

thank you for the care and quickness my order was shipped to me,will always use your company in the near future for all my garden needs,again thank you

From anonymous | June 13, 2013

Cherokee Purple beauty

Strong tomato plant when delivered! Growing well.

From Dianne | May 31, 2013

Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomato Plant--So excited!

Tomato plants arrived in great shape. Garden is already getting compliments thanks to you!

From Saundra | May 24, 2013

Tomatoes Arrived Healthy

The Cherokee Purple Heirloom plants arrived healthy, and happy, already planted and can't wait till harvest time.

From Belinda | May 20, 2013

rich taste and high yield

This will be our third year with GrowJoy Purple Cherokees. We've had great success with these plants. Lots of large, highly flavorful fruit. Bears even in the heat of an early Florida summer (it does shut down by July). Very pleased and looking forward to our new crop!

From Patrick | April 15, 2013

looks great thanks!!

Very happy with the way my Cherokee Purples look. In about 4 weeks they already are about 6 feet tall and producing beautiful Tomatoes!

From Nick | October 26, 2012

looks great so far

looks great so far.

From anonymous | September 17, 2012


I live in the desert and love to garden. I prefer the Heirlooms for their taste. Haven't had much luck in the past-am trying this company now. Plant came in a very secure box and about a foot tall. It has been about 2 weeks and plant is thriving and growing like the proverbial weed. Crossing my fingers.

From Claudia | August 02, 2012

Beautiful Tomato plants

Our Cherokee Purple Tomato plants are big and beautiful but we don't have any ripe tomatoes yet because we planted these so late. We are very pleased so far.

From anonymous | July 09, 2012

Cherokee Purple arrival

The Cherokee Purple Tomato plant arrived in great condition!

From Toni | March 29, 2012