TomTatos, The Plant That Grows Tomatoes And Potatoes

September 30, 2013


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...

Keep going for a full body shot.


Thanks to Ed, who agrees it's only a matter of time before Homer's tomacco dreams become a reality.

  • 野上上部

    Such thing was invented in USSR (Soviet Russia) in 1940:
    (on the picture - they did it the same way)

  • struct

    Hops and weed are related, it's probably been done. Tomacco definitely has.

  • Josh Haas

    Needs more Tomacco.

  • Tyler AitchKay

    That's so fucking badass and maximizes the fuck out of crop efficiency,

    so naturally environmentalists are going to label it "frankenfood" and try everything in their fear-mongering power to stop it from seeing the light of day

  • thebestnicknar

    Why, it is not genetic engineering or even modifying the fruit in any way. Grafting a plant on to another one is a completely normal and except way of growing crops.
    Like mentioned a fruit cocktail tree is a tree that has multiple other fruit tree branches grafted on to it, and no environmentalist would complain about that.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    There are many people that claims that food developed via selective breeding is an aberration and makes fruit unhealthy as candy.

    So everything is a reason for them.

  • Guest

    Growing future ketchup to go with those future fries. :D

  • Mother Earth is not going to be happy....

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    The sci-fi cliche where any scientific advance results in a global scale threat.

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