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Post  SQWIB 8/16/2017, 7:13 am

Scorpio Rising wrote:The two have similar shapes.  It is in the color.  Cherokee Purple are typically purplish brown almost, whereas Brandywines are red or pinkish.  They taste very similar in my opinion.  Rich, sweet.


For me I have found the Brandywine Reds to be Dark Red - "Orangeish"  for lack of a better word, "Brandywine Red" on the right and a Pinkish "Boxcar Willie" on the Left.
The color of the BoxCar willie looks similar to a Mortgage Lifter.

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I agree on the color being a purplish brown, sort of. Here is a Brandywine (Left) with a Cherokee Purple (Right).

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You can definitely pick out the three different tomatoes in this picture.

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What I like about the Cherokee Purples is when you cut them open, they may not be as pretty on the outside, but the inside is beautiful.

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Post  countrynaturals 8/16/2017, 11:13 am

llama momma wrote:
Are you saying it might not even be a brandywine? wrote:AAARRRGGGHHH!!!!! It's not a brandywine -- it's NZ Spinach!   I can't even believe I've wasted all this time on something I don't like and........goes in the compost tomorrow at the toe of my shoe! Evil or Very Mad The worst part of this stupid story is that I still don't have a brandywine tomato plant. Sad
Thanks for the good laugh from your description.  I have 'planted' new things too then waited and waited only to realize later I must have pulled the authentic plant and nurtured a gorgeous weed.  It happens and its funny later on. At the moment of discovery its not so humorous.  You will have your brandywine next time!
Thanks for sharing. Now I don't feel quite so stoopid. Embarassed
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Post  CapeCoddess 8/16/2017, 12:57 pm

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Yeah, that was one weird looking tomato plant.  I once nurtured a cherry plant, and was so excited that I'd have a tree one day, only to find out it was a wild loosestrife that must have come up out of the compost.   Rolling Eyes

So, we cut open the mystery tomato and it looks just like the Cherokee Purple that SQWIB posted above.  It was good but we decided we didn't like it enough to grow it so I tossed the seeds.  I always thought that my homegrown Brandywines were a bit bland for my taste and this was the same.  

But, IMO, different gardens, composts, locations, etc, produce different flavor results, if only subtle, even if the same seeds used.
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Post  countrynaturals 9/15/2019, 1:58 pm

jimmy cee wrote:started these in march..I have 14 plants maturing. A sweet delicious taste and I'm hooked.

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I can't wait! Starting mine, today. bounce  (Yes, I know it's late, but the seeds were free and I'm retired, so what do I have to lose? idk
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Post  countrynaturals 9/15/2019, 2:36 pm

countrynaturals wrote:
jimmy cee wrote:started these in march..I have 14 plants maturing. A sweet delicious taste and I'm hooked.

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I can't wait! Starting mine, today. bounce  (Yes, I know it's late, but the seeds were free and I'm retired, so what do I have to lose? idk
Foiled again! My seeds turned out to be "Purple Russian" instead of Cherokee Purple. I may still order seeds, but probable for starting inside next winter. Sad
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Post  markqz 9/15/2019, 2:47 pm

countrynaturals wrote:
I can't wait! Starting mine, today. bounce  (Yes, I know it's late, but the seeds were free and I'm retired, so what do I have to lose? idk

Will tomatoes grow in winter? Even in CA, the days get kind of short.
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Post  sanderson 9/15/2019, 4:19 pm

We are going to find out! Very Happy Next year you can get an early start.

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Post  countrynaturals 9/15/2019, 6:31 pm

markqz wrote:
countrynaturals wrote:
I can't wait! Starting mine, today. bounce  (Yes, I know it's late, but the seeds were free and I'm retired, so what do I have to lose? idk

Will tomatoes grow in winter? Even in CA, the days get kind of short.
I have an unobstructed southern exposure floor-to-ceiling window and full-spectrum LED grow lights. I should be able to get it done. Fingers crossed.
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Post  donnainzone5 9/15/2019, 7:20 pm

Good luck!  Cherokee Purple is my favorite variety.
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Post  markqz 6/28/2021, 11:20 pm

I'm not sure why these developed the cracks. Hopefully it just gives them character ...

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Mine also crack. Wink

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Post  OhioGardener 6/29/2021, 8:24 am

My tomatoes crack when they have a dry period and then get water. Theory is that the skin tightens when the plant experiences a "drought", and then can't expand when it gets water so it has to crack open.

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Post  donnainzone5 6/29/2021, 11:50 am

From what I understand, Cherokee Purple is a variety that's prone to cracking.  This is my favorite variety, and find that the cracks don't affect flavor.
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Post  Scorpio Rising 7/1/2021, 10:06 pm

Yeah, a lot of the old heirloom varieties are prone to radial crack, versus water inconsistencies that pop the ends on most maters….love my Cherokee Purples, cracked or not!
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Post  Hawgwild 1/31/2022, 5:41 pm

Heard a good bit about cherokee tomatoes so got some coming up in my seed trays. Nice looking tomatoes.
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Post  sanderson 2/1/2022, 1:45 pm

I always give in and grow at least one CP. Just for the few wonderful fruits before the heat wave.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 2/1/2022, 2:36 pm

My favorite tomato hands down!  Something killed mine last year…late blight maybe?  Bummer!
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Post  markqz 2/3/2022, 11:29 pm

Most of my cherokees died after their initial crop. But I was able to nurse one through the winter. I moved the vine itself onto a pyramid trellis. There are 7 developing fruits on it, though I'm not sure if you can see them all in this image. Unfortunately, one of them has some sort of damage on the end. Hopefully the others will be ok.

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Post  Hawgwild 2/9/2022, 2:53 pm

Those tomatoes look so good...never tried them before but have 5 seedlings coming up in my tray now...

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Post  Scorpio Rising 2/11/2022, 3:12 pm

They are prone to blossom end rot.  Consistent watering and sometimes calcium supplement (I use bone meal) are very helpful!
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Post  sanderson 5/20/2022, 6:36 pm

My Cherokee Purple seed packet was empty this late winter and I couldn't find any for sale online.  Thankfully, Markqz sent me some of his seeds.  Here are the 2 plants in their own bed and breakfast 2'x 3' table top bed.  My main goal is to save seeds.  Any fruit I get to eat this summer are bonuses.

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Post  donnainzone5 5/20/2022, 6:54 pm

So far, that's my favorite variety!  Of all my heirlooms, it usually has a couple of tomatoes that ripen on the vine here in Central Oregon.
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