This variety produces large clusters on vigorous plants, featuring the only truly dark cherry tomato on the market. The round fruits, approximately 2.5 cm in size, range from dark purple to mahogany brown and are a delight to the palate. Ideal for creating beautiful color combinations in your favorite dishes.
Growing Instructions: Start your tomato seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Sow the seeds in a tray at a depth of 1/4" and about 1" apart. Keep the room temperature at around 20°C (70°F) until germination. Also, provide adequate light with a grow light or in front of a sunny window; keep the soil moist, but ensure proper drainage. When the second set of leaves emerges, transplant the seedlings into individual pots and bury the stems as low as possible to encourage optimal rooting. Remember to acclimate your plants a week before putting them in the garden to harden them. Note that tomatoes do not tolerate cold and should not be placed in the garden until all risk of frost is eliminated. Plant them in full sun in rich, well-drained soil, and once again, bury your plants as low as possible to promote rooting. If you provide a trellis, space your plants about 2 feet apart; however, if you prefer to let the plants spread, space them 3 to 4 feet apart.
Tomatoes often perform better when they have a trellis or support, as this protects them from pests and diseases associated with excessive ground contact. As the plants begin to grow, tie them to the support to aid in their development. Temperatures below 12°C (55°F) can reduce production, so you'll need to protect the plants if temperatures drop. Water the plants, but avoid wetting the leaves as much as possible to prevent yellowing. Once frost arrives, all tomatoes must be harvested, even the green ones. Unripe tomatoes will eventually ripen if stored in a warm place away from direct sunlight.