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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Eva Purple Ball'

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: Eva Purple Ball

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CaliforniaGuy On Aug 17, 2013, CaliforniaGuy from Lakewood, CA wrote:

I've only had one bush of this so far, because the critters in the yard always seem to destroy the purple ball seedlings more than anything else. Although I didn't get a ton of tomatoes out of it, it was pretty good, and I will try to grow more to be sure. As others have said, the fruit are quite uniform and attractive. I just wish they were a little larger. Update: Tried again 2014, bush was finally pretty productive but all of the tomatoes were kind of small, a little bigger than golf ball size. Very flavorful though, with some zing to them. A good salad tomato.

Positive HarmonyGardener On Feb 21, 2010, HarmonyGardener from Tooele, UT wrote:

The Eva Purple Ball tomatoes were possibly the prettiest deep pink/red tomatoes I have ever seen. Just beautiful and so delicious. No cracks, no bugs, no problems. Even through a long, dry, hot summer with out of town trips it did wonderfully. When it was wilted it bounced back just hours after watering. Loved it.

Positive Zeppy On Mar 3, 2009, Zeppy from Shenandoah Valley, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

My new favorite canner: when other plants are suffering from bugs or disease, Eva PB still turns out gorgeous, yummy maters that peel beautifully.

Positive Suze_ On Jan 18, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Good flavor and pretty fruit, will grow again at some point.

Positive cottonpicker On Oct 15, 2005, cottonpicker from Audubon, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Tennis ball sized, pinkish-red fruit with nice flavor & fairly good production. Perfectly round, blemish free fruits. Will grow again.

Neutral Big_Red On Dec 19, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

From the German Black Forest. Uniform, tennis ball sized pink fruit.


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

Haleyville, Alabama
Lakewood, California
Oceanside, California
Miami, Florida
Conyers, Georgia
Valdosta, Georgia
Kansas City, Kansas
Ijamsville, Maryland
Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
Goodman, Missouri
Troy, Ohio
Collinwood, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Maryville, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Anton, Texas
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Tooele, Utah
Weyers Cave, Virginia
Oroville, Washington

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