Because who has the room to neglect and kill two separate plants, garden supplier Thompson & Morgan is selling TomTatos, a plant that grows both tomatoes and potatoes. TomTatos are actually a potato plant that has had a tomato stalk grafted to it when it was young. I remember when I was a kid we had a fruit cocktail tree that grew peaches, apricots, plums and nectarines that was created using the same technique. Then I chopped it down because I wanted to be like Abraham Lincoln. Or was it George Washington? My point is I didn't turn out like either one of them.
Tomato and potatoes are members of the same plant family, which makes them ideal candidates for being grafted together. That's how the company creates their new line, and a technique fruit growers and horticulturists have been using for centuries -- just not in this exact combination.
Thompson-Morgan -- the firm that's claiming this is the "first time that plants have been successfully produced commercially" -- grows their tomato and potato plants separately. When they're just a few weeks old, the tomato plants are cut at the stem and placed at a cut-location on the stem of the potato plant.
The company also plans to experiment with other grafting combinations and broaden their range of Frankenstein plants. Which -- are you thinking what I'm thinking? "A plant that grows beer and weed?!" The last time I checked beer doesn't grow on trees. Now Philly Cheesesteaks...
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Thanks to Ed, who agrees it's only a matter of time before Homer's tomacco dreams become a reality.