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Tips for Growing Purple Tomatoes  

  • YAY!  We are so happy that you are growing our Purple Tomato in your garden.

  • Our Purple Tomato is bioengineered to produce purple antioxidants in the skin and flesh, making the entire fruit more purple and nutritious. 

  • We have found that our Purple Tomatoes have a deliciously earthy, savory flavor.  We love them in salads, elegant dishes, and just as a simple snack.

  • In our greenhouse, we have a 98% germination rate; we hope you have the same success!

Variety Information 
  • The Purple Tomato is an indeterminate large-fruited cherry tomato with highly vigorous vegetative growth and a strong main stem. 

  • Fruit forms green and turns purple in the skin and flesh.

  • Ready for harvest when fruit begins to feel soft.


Growing instructions
  • Use your favorite indeterminate tomato methods!  

  • Sow seeds in starter pots 1/4" deep in loose soil.

  • Transplant 3 to 5 weeks after sowing into soil rich with organic matter.

  • Plants can grow to 12-15 feet,

  • Your results will vary due to differences in light, water, temperature and so on.

  • Plants pruned to a single main stalk can grow to 12-15 feet!  See the picture above of how we grow them in our greenhouse. 

  • Shorter/wider plants can be achieved by pruning to multiple main stems.

Maturity: Approximately 70 days

How do I prune indeterminate tomatoes?
Along with the many tutorials on YouTube, two methods are described below. 
Training and pruning indeterminate tomatoes
Pruning tomato plants
Help! I have never started tomatoes from seeds before.  How do I do this?
  • Tomato seeds need warmth to germinate.

  • Put the seeds in soil and cover loosely with plastic wrap to conserve moisture, and place your seeds in a dark, warm location, preferably between 70°F to 80°F.

  • When your seeds start sprouting, usually within 1 to 2 weeks, move them to a sunny spot or under artificial lights. In cooler conditions, germination will take longer.

Simple instructions can be found here

You can also contact your local Agricultural Extension agent -- a state-by-state directory can be found here.   You can also search for a Master Gardener near you. 

How can I share my growing experience with Norfolk Healthy Produce?

We want to hear from you! 

Stay tuned for a Purple Tomato Gardener Forum to share your pics, tips, and tricks.


As Always, 


Happy Gardening! 

Your NHP Team


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