Tomato, Black Cherry (Organic)
Solanum lycopersicum. Purple Cherry. 70 days. Indet.
So you might be wondering why this tomato? Doesn’t everybody sell this tomato? Well, our penchant for obscurity sometimes goes too far and this tomato is just too good to pass up. Tall plants have huge yields of medium-sized, round, purplechocolate- black cherry fruit that taste so good, your tastebuds think you’re eating a big heirloom slicer. Sarah claims that these are her favorite tomato for flavor and they certainly are the first to be eaten when there is a choice. Andrew says they are “much, much” better than Sungold. A great addition to mixed cherry pints or to add some color diversity to your market display. Black Cherry can get Fusarium in outdoor production, but it is unstoppable in the greenhouse. A superb modern open pollinated tomato. Developed by Vince Sapp of Tomato Growers Supply and released in 2003.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil as early as February, but no later than April. Keep warm and well-watered. Up pot seedlings into 4” pots once they have two true leaves. Transplant into the garden once danger of frost has passed.
Collect seeds from ripe fruit by squeezing into a jar and add 25% more water. Wait a few days for mold to form. When seeds sink and gel-sac is gone, stir, add water, then decant and rinse to clean. Dry thoroughly. Tomatoes are mostly self-pollinating; isolation is not usually needed for seeds to be true to type.