The TomTato: Plant which produces both potatoes and tomatoes

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PostFri Sep 27, 2013 12:27 am » by Malogg


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The TomTato: Plant which produces both potatoes and tomatoes launched in UK

Plant can grow sweet cherry tomatoes while producing white potatoes

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A plant which produces both potatoes and tomatoes, described as a “veg plot in a pot”, has been launched in the UK.

The TomTato can grow more than 500 sweet cherry tomatoes while producing white potatoes.

Horticultural mail order company Thompson & Morgan, which is selling the plants for £14.99 each, said the hybrid plants were individually hand-crafted and not a product of genetic engineering. :banana:

Grafted potato-tomato plants have already been produced in the UK, but Thompson & Morgan says this is the first time they have been successfully produced commercially.

The company says the tomatoes are far sweeter than those available in supermarkets.

Paul Hansord, horticultural director at the company, said he first had the idea for the plant 15 years ago in the US, when he visited a garden where someone had planted a potato under a tomato as a joke.

He said: "The TomTato has been trialled for several years and the end result is far superior than anything I could have hoped for, trusses full of tomatoes which have a flavour that makes shop tomatoes inedible, as well as, a good hearty crop of potatoes for late in the season.

"It has been very difficult to achieve the TomTato because the tomato stem and the potato stem have to be the same thickness for the graft to work, it is a very highly skilled operation.

"We have seen similar products, however on closer inspection the potato is planted in a pot with a tomato planted in the same pot - our plant is one plant and produces no potato foliage."

The plants can be grown either outside or inside, as long as they are in a large pot or bag.

A similar product, dubbed the "Potato Tom", was launched in garden centres in New Zealand this week.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/ho ... 39501.html
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PostFri Sep 27, 2013 12:31 am » by Fatdogmendoza


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PostFri Sep 27, 2013 12:37 am » by Slith


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PostFri Sep 27, 2013 2:36 am » by Ishumble


I saw that on the news :D :owned:

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PostFri Sep 27, 2013 2:46 am » by Phoenix rising


Jeeeeeezzuuuus fooking frankinplan, wont be long before they cross them with crabs and they walk to our plates :lol: :lol:
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PostFri Sep 27, 2013 6:03 pm » by monica44


Isn't the Tomato plant of the same family as the potato to start with ? So that being i would imagine it was easy to splice, trouble is potato blight also affects tomato plants, so if it got in the potato the whole crop would be ruined. It cannot be right messing with our food supplies, for it is no longer in harmony with our bodies, nature cannot be perfected.
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PostFri Sep 27, 2013 7:33 pm » by Poppa_pygar


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PostFri Sep 27, 2013 8:02 pm » by Fatdogmendoza


monica44 wrote:Isn't the Tomato plant of the same family as the potato to start with ? So that being i would imagine it was easy to splice, trouble is potato blight also affects tomato plants, so if it got in the potato the whole crop would be ruined. It cannot be right messing with our food supplies, for it is no longer in harmony with our bodies, nature cannot be perfected.



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PostFri Sep 27, 2013 8:28 pm » by monica44


Fatdogmendoza wrote:
monica44 wrote:Isn't the Tomato plant of the same family as the potato to start with ? So that being i would imagine it was easy to splice, trouble is potato blight also affects tomato plants, so if it got in the potato the whole crop would be ruined. It cannot be right messing with our food supplies, for it is no longer in harmony with our bodies, nature cannot be perfected.



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PostFri Sep 27, 2013 9:22 pm » by Toxic32


I'v been working on this for years, only I went for a multi fruit tree. Bigger crop and anyway I like fruit. I just popped out the back and took this shot. Coming on quiet nicely don't you think.


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