The TomTato

There's such a thing as a TomTato, which is a hybrid of a tomato and potato plant. It grows tomatoes above ground, and potatoes below. It was developed by horticulturists Thompson and Morgan. From their website:

Tomatoes are members of the potato family and are therefore naturally compatible with potatoes. Each TomTato® plant is specially grafted by hand to create this unique double cropping feature. There's no genetic modification - it's an all-natural, and safe process.

I told my wife about this and she still refuses to believe that it's real. But it is.... I think.

More info: Greenock Telegraph

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 03, 2016
Category: Horticulture and Gardens





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A grafted plant is not a hybrid plant. from https://www.google.com/search?q=hybrid+plant&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8 - A hybrid vegetable is created when plant breeders intentionally cross-pollinate two different varieties of a plant, aiming to produce an offspring, or hybrid, that contains the best traits of each of the parents.
Posted by animaux on 06/03/16 at 08:21 AM
Are they close to developing a cow that is grateful that it is to be eaten?
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 06/03/16 at 03:50 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomato
Posted by Frank H on 06/03/16 at 05:15 PM
@KDP - It's only available at Milliways. Hard to get there, though.
Posted by Pup Tentacle on 06/03/16 at 09:32 PM
@animaux -- Technically, anything made of two elements is a hybrid. For plants, it's generally only used to mean the results of crossbreeding, but it's not necessarily so.

I can't see this as being successful. Tomatoes are heavy feeders, very heavy feeders. As in dump on some Miracle Grow every week if you want the best crop. Being in the same family, potatoes and tomatoes use the same nutrients, so the plant would be competing with itself whether to set fruit or tubers. I doubt you'll ever get a good crop of both.
Posted by Phideaux in his own little world on 06/03/16 at 10:04 PM
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