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LYCOPERSICON esculentum 'Eva Purple Ball'

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Botanical Name

LYCOPERSICON esculentum 'Eva Purple Ball'

Plant Common Name

Eva Purple Ball Tomato, Tomato

General Description

The heirloom tomato 'Eva Purple Ball' produces medium-sized, cherry-red fruits on vigorous, humidity-tolerant, indeterminate vines. Harvest of the flavorful, round, 3-inch (7.5 cm) fruits begins about 70 days after seedlings are planted out, and continues until cold weather sets in. Production may diminish in hot weather. The tomatoes make good "slicers" for sandwiches and salads. This open-pollinated variety grows true to type from saved garden seed. It was brought to the United States from Germany in the late twentieth century.

Tomatoes are short-lived tender perennials that are usually grown as annuals. Their medium- to dark-green, hairy, compound leaves have a strong fragrance and are not to be eaten. Mature plants produce distinctive yellow flowers, which are bee pollinated. These are followed by succulent tomato fruits, which are technically berries.

Tomatoes require full sun and fertile, well-drained, slightly acidic to neutral soil. Seeds germinate poorly in cool soil, so plants are best started indoors several weeks before the last frost date. Harden off seedlings before transplanting them to the garden. Set them deeply in the ground for best establishment; the main stem will form roots beneath the soil’s surface. Indeterminate, vining types such as 'Eva Purple Ball' should be staked, trellised or grown in tomato cages to contain their rambling stems.

Tomatoes are heavy feeders, so it is important to provide them with regular water and nutrients. Be sure to choose a fertilizer specifically formulated for tomatoes. Overwatering can result in cracking of fruit and diminished flavor. Best production and flavor occurs when both days and nights are warm. Tomato fruits become tough and less flavorful when subjected to cooler temperatures, and should not be stored in the refrigerator for this reason. In warm, frost-free regions they may be grown as a winter crop.

For more detailed information about tomato pests and diseases, refer to the general entry for the species (Lycopersicon esculentum) in the plant database.


  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    11 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type


  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time


  • Native To

    Mexico, Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH


  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate


  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit


  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest


  • Flower Color


  • Fruit Color

    Red, Rose, Crimson

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers


  • Fragrant Fruit


  • Fragrant Foliage


  • Bark or Stem Fragrant


  • Flower Petal Number


  • Repeat Bloomer


  • Showy Fruit


  • Edible Fruit


  • Showy Foliage


  • Foliage Texture


  • Foliage Sheen


  • Evergreen


  • Showy Bark


Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns


  • Invasive


  • Self-Sowing