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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Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

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:

Indeterminate

Fruit Shape:

Cherry

Fruit Size:

Small (grape/cherry varieties)

Days to Maturity:

Early (55-68 days)

Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Purple

Black

Seed Type:

Open-pollinated

Usage:

Fresh, salad

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Regional

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

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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

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

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."