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"Tomato Potato" Plant
British horticultural firm Thompson and Morgan has introduced the TomTato, a commercially grafted combo of tomatoes and potatoes.
  Spokesperson Paul Hansord says grafting them was a challenge. It took a decade of work to perfect.
  “It has been very difficult to achieve because the tomato stem and the potato stem have to have the same thickness,” he says. “It’s a highly skilled operation.”
  According to the company, you can harvest up to 500 cherry tomatoes from the plant while 2 1/2 lbs. of potatoes are developing below ground. The TomTato can be grown in pots, or in open fields.
  The company expects very high demand. “Many people don’t have much space in their gardens,” he says. “By the time the tomatoes are ready to pick, the potatoes can be dug.”
  A company spokesperson said there are no plans yet to introduce the TomTato into the North American market.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Thompson & Morgan, Poplar Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK IP8 3BU (www.thompson-morgan.com).

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2013 - Volume #37, Issue #6