Chocolate Cherry Tomato (Heirloom) 70 days
Beautiful stripped deep purple colour with green hints. Indeterminate plants are very tall, require staking and produce tomatoes right up until frost.
Planting: Tomatoes are tender plants and are very susceptible to frost damage. Transplant after all danger of frost has passed. When transplanting, space 24-36 inches apart with rows at least 36-48 inches apart.
Growing: Full sun location, preferably with good air circulation. Soil pH of 6.0-6.5. Heavy feeders, prefer a warm, well-drained soil of good fertility and cultivation. Add plenty of compost and well-rotted manure prior to planting. Feed regularly during the growing season with a compost tea or well balanced fertilizer. Avoid excessive nitrogen, particularly before fruit set. Provide even moisture during fruit set and development. Excessive watering can increase fruit size but decrease flavour.
Harvest: Pick fruit when fruit is firm and turning full colour. Overripe tomatoes rot quickly.
Pests & Diseases: Protect from cutworms by using protective collars around the plant stem or place cornmeal around plant base. Blossom end rot (a brownish-black, sunken dead area that forms on the bottom of the fruit) is a condition caused by a calcium deficiency due to uneven watering. Blight, another disease common to tomatoes is caused by warm, humid conditions particularly if plants have not been given some support to keep foliage off the ground. Good air circulation along with proper rotation will help to prevent onset of this harmful disease.
Companions: Asparagus, basil, borage, bush bean, cabbage, carrot, celery, chive, cucumber, lettuce, onion, pepper.