Purple Boy Tomato is a hybrid, indeterminate variety that offers exceptional flavor coupled with disease-resistance to perform in the harshest conditions. It offers the great heirloom tang that you’ve come to expect from varieties like Cherokee Purple, but with more plant vigor so that it can be grown later into the warmer months.
Purple Boy Tomato produces tomatoes with a deep purple color inside and out. Unlike its heirloom counterparts, fruits will be more uniform and symmetrically-shaped, making them easier to slice and prepare for that delicious tomato sandwich. It is resistant to Tobacco Mosaic Virus and Root Knot Nematodes, making it widely-adapted for a wide range of growing conditions.
Tomatoes are in the nightshade family along with peppers and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Tomatoes do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. They grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date.
If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting tomatoes, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Tomatoes can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.
Purple Boy Tomato Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 2′
Row Spacing: 3-4′
Days to Maturity: 80
Disease Resistance: Root Knot Nematodes, Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Verticillium Wilt, Fusarium Wilt