Tags: Heirloom Open Pollinated
Growing Practices: No Pesticides No Herbicides No Fungicides
Latin Name: Solanum lycopersicum
Days to Maturity: 80
Rich, dark color in a sweet, complex and juicy cherry tomato, featuring abundant anthocyanins and a flavorful appearance. Chocolate Cherries are a little rarer than the standard Black Cherry tomatoes, and the flavor is milder and more nuanced. Fair heat tolerance.
Germination 91% - Tested November 2019
Minimum 30 Seeds
Story of this Seed:
Rich, dark color in a sweet, complex and juicy cherry tomato, featuring abundant anthocyanins and a flavorful appearance. Chocolate Cherries are a little rarer than the standard Black Cherry tomatoes, and the flavor is milder and more nuanced. Fair heat t
Sow seeds indoors into sterile seedling mix 6-8 weeks before your last spring frost. Plant, water lightly, and cover with plastic or a dome to keep the seeds from drying out. When the first set of true leaves has emerged, up-pot into 3-4 inch pots and place in an area with full light and cooler temperatures (60-70°F). This will help prevent legginess.
(NOTE: This is the standard recommendation for growing heirloom tomatoes, given by everyone from the First Lady down to the hobo on the park bench down the street, including many professional growers, biologists and prize winners. We have no quarrel with these methods. They have worked well for a long time for a lot of people.
BUT: we have a relative who used to be a produce farmer in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas during the Depression. He once told us “It’s a seed. Plant it in the ground. Put it where you want it to grow.” This is the planting method we use here for every seed. All of our tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and every other variety began life in our gardens as a seed in the dirt, right where it spends its entire life growing up.
We feel that this results in more naturally vigorous seeds that thrive under difficult conditions and fight to stay alive. Your mileage may vary. Use whichever method suits you best. All we are saying is don’t be afraid to explore other methods, and see what results you get. That, too is part of gardening, as in so much of life.)
Water carefully, allowing the soil to dry on the surface between watering, but don’t let the plants wilt. Fertilize with fish emulsion or equivalent nutrient-rich feed every 10-14 days.
How to select:
Choose young, firm tomatoes with just a hint of “give” on the blossom end. Birds can be a problem, and this variety can be harvested a couple of days early and left to ripen in a warm place indoors, without damaging its quality.
How to prepare:
These are good right off the vine, used as snacks or to accompany sandwiches, soups and pasta.
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United States (Zone 5)
Established in 1987
135.00 acres in production