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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Indian Stripe'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Indian Stripe
Additional cultivar information: (aka Indian Zebra)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Ferment seeds before storing

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, salad
Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jwr6404 On Jan 12, 2011, jwr6404 from University Place, WA wrote:

I have grown this variety along with the Cherokee Purple and consider the productivity of the Indian Stripe to be superior. IMO the taste is quite similar.

Positive SLO_Garden On Jul 31, 2010, SLO_Garden from San Luis Obispo, CA wrote:

Indian Stripe is very similar to Cherokee Purple. Mine didn't have any discernable striping. Like CP, it has excellent rich flavor, good yield, and good disease resistance. Nothing wrong with it that I can see. The plant is fairly compact and produces mid-season. I've always liked CP, so I would definitely grow Indian Stripe again.

Positive pennyrile On Oct 8, 2008, pennyrile from Evansville, IN (Zone 6b) wrote:

This tomato was grown for many years and up to 2006 by Clyde Burson, Sr. of Strong, Arkansas, about 15 miles or so north of the Louisiana border on U.S. Rte 82. When Mrs. Burson passed away May 20, 2007, Clyde stopped gardening and now lives in retirement in Eldorado, Arkansas. God bless and watch over Clyde Burson, Sr.

Clyde grew several other varieties of tomato in his south Arkansas garden including Better Boy, Creole and Bradley, along with other vegetables he enjoyed growing and canning. But this particular variety was his favorite tomato and he called it Indian Zebra.

Clyde Burson, Sr. now is 85 years old and cannot remember exactly where he got the seeds for Indian Zebra ... just that he grew it for many many years and saved the seeds in carefully marked packets with his other seeds in Bazooka bubble gum boxes in a freezer out back in his "playhouse" near the garden at his home place.

I have found the tomato, Indian Stripe as it was called on the seed packet I got from Victory Seeds in 2005, to be the best all around tomato for me here in Southwest Indiana. It stands up to heat, humidity, bugs, diseases, wilt, poor soil, lack of irrigation, abuse and inattentiveness, and still pumps out large, dense, sweet, tomatoey fruit with a meaty core and small seed cells pinwheeled way out at the very edge of the flesh.

In 2008, I grew two plants, one each in 10-gallon black nursery tubs, and found this tomato will thrive in containers as well as in flat beds. Great tomato. Superior in every way to Cherokee Purple or J.D.'s Special C-Tex. Starts yielding earlier. Yields longer. Yields more. Grow it!

Positive Suze_ On Apr 1, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Dusky pink fruits w/purple tinge, sometimes can have faint striping (I don't get the striping in my garden), very similar to Cherokee Purple, slightly smaller fruits and more to a cluster -- it is felt by many that this is a strain of CP that developed separately from the strain originally obtained from JD Green of TN.

Shared by Donna Nelson with Carolyn Male, Donna found this growing in the garden of a neighbor in S. Cent AR (Clyde Burson).

Outstanding flavor, and seems to be more productive for me than CP, time will tell. I need to grow both of the two in the same season to be sure.

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 24, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A variation of the Cherokee Purple.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mountain View, California
Oceanside, California
San Luis Obispo, California
Elgin, Texas
Liberty Hill, Texas
San Marcos, Texas
University Place, Washington

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