Lets unveil the myth of the TomTato/pomato plant – farming at another level
Lets unveil the myth of the TomTato/pomato plant and take farming to another fun level
*This is no magic but grafting done at another level*
did you know a plant that is both a tomato bearing and potato bearing actually exist in real life : read all about it here.With tomatoes at one end and potatoes at the other, it looks like the product of some Frankenstein food laboratory.But far from being the latest genetically modified monster, this horticultural wonder is entirely natural.Called the TomTato/pomato each plant can yield more than 500 sweet cherry tomatoes as well as a decent crop of white potatoes.
reference : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomato , https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2432094/TomTato-plant-produces-potatoes-tomatoes-sale-UK.html
The pomato is a grafted plant that is produced by grafting together a tomato plant and a potato plant, both of which are members of the Solanaceae (nightshade) family. Cherry tomatoes grow on the vine, while white potatoes grow in the soil from the same plant.. The firm behind the TomTato/pomato has called it a “Veg plot in a pot” and says it could help many people grow their own vegetables at home.it is actually under patent protection
Grafted pomato plants were launched in the United Kingdom in September 2013 by a horticultural mail-order company Thompson & Morgan, who sold pre-grafted plants branded as the “TomTato”. The Incredible Edible nursery in New Zealand announced a “DoubleUP Potato Tom” in the same month.Thompson & Morgan claim that this is the first time the plant has been produced commercially, and director Paul Hansord describes originating the tomtato idea himself 15 years ago in the US, when visiting a garden where someone had planted a potato under a tomato as a joke.said: “It’s a hundred per cent natural, so no GMs involved, it is completely natural and safe and each plant is grafted by hand so a very, very delicate process.”
Careful variations in the temperature at which the tomato and potato are initially grown are also made to ensure the two plants are a perfect match before being joined together.The grafting process involves providing a clean cut on the two plants and taping the ends together until they heal. The procedure has been around for more than 15 years but hasn’t been made commercially available until now. Report by Ashley Fudge.
*Red Lime gives citrus fruit new zing*
The Red Lime is the same size and shape as the usual green variety, but it combines orange and sour lime flavours
An exotic red lime that will give cocktails added colour and marmalade an extra tang has gone on sale in Britain. The red lime, pictured, thought to be a cross between a lemon and a mandarin, is native to India. The trees are being sold for £34.99 by Suttons Seeds of Devon and can be grown in a conservatory or on a patio. The firm says: ‘The peel is reddish-orange. The pulp has a limelike aroma and is a deep orange colour. They are very juicy.’‘It can be planted from late April and produces trusses full of tomatoes which have a traditional tangy, sweet flavour from July to October and a good hearty crop of potatoes of a versatile variety, which can be boiled, mashed, roasted or made into chips, for late in the season.’Mr Hansord added: ‘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.’Production begins in a specialist laboratory in Holland, where the delicate grafting process takes place. The plants are then shipped back to the UK and grown on in greenhouses until they are big enough to be sold.
Pomato plants have been seen as a new technology to make food production more efficient, as they maximize the number of crops that can be produced on a piece of land or in a small urban environment like a balcony.This has significant impacts on developing countries like Kenya, where farmers can save on space, time and labor without affecting the quality of their produce by growing pomato plants.In addition, grafting can improve resistance to bacteria, viruses and fungi, attract a more diverse group of pollinators and provide a sturdy trunk for delicate ornamental plants.
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