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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Haley's Purple Comet'

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: Haley's Purple Comet
Hybridized by Brad Gates

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Ferment seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Small (grape/cherry varieties)

Days to Maturity:
Early (55-68 days)
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, salad

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sherilou On Sep 11, 2012, Sherilou from Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a tasty little tomato. It was a small, disease-free, super-healthy plant, too.

Positive SLO_Garden On Aug 13, 2011, SLO_Garden from San Luis Obispo, CA wrote:

Haley's Purple Comet is like a minature version of Cherokee Purple, both in appearance and flavor. The tomatoes are sweet, cocktail-sized balls of yumminess. The plant is not super tall and is high yielding.

Positive johnnyhophead On May 30, 2011, johnnyhophead from Napa, CA wrote:

Heavy yields of dark purple golf ball size tomatoes with classic dark tomato flavor made this a new favorite for us last year. The production was stronfg through the entire season, which was an added bonus.This plant will be on our must have list for years to come.
My wife says "I liked them. Yum!"

Positive Suze_ On Apr 2, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Haley's Purple Comet is an unknown cross or sport that arose in the fields of Bradley Gates of California. As far as possible parentage goes -- he says of some of the crosses that have appeared in his fields that he has saved/shared seed for: "I do know that most came from Big Rainbow, Marvel Stripe, Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Black Krim, and Green Zebra..."

It is thought that this variety may be a sport of Cherokee Purple.

Brad's description -- "Cherry size candy that also came from Cherokee Purple."


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

Corte Madera, California
Napa, California
San Luis Obispo, California
Panama City, Florida
Elgin, Texas

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