A Gardener’s Diary: It’s two plants in one

by  Jocelyne Sewell – Vernon Morning Star

With the first column of 2015, I would like to take the opportunity to wish all of you a very happy new year. May your days be filled with good health, joy and peace and good harvest in your gardens.

The other day a friend gave me a garden page from The Vancouver Sun, titled “Do you want ketchup with your fries?” written by columnist Steve Whysall. I went on the Internet to research this plant that produces cherry tomatoes and potatoes on the same plant, and I watched a short video about it. The plant has been developed by Thompson & Morgan and according to the newspaper, it will be available in British Columbia this spring. I could not find who will be offering it for sale but for Territorial Seed in the U.S., the plant sells for around $20.

Thompson and Morgan director Paul Hansord claimed the tomatoes were tastier than most shop-bought tomatoes and said the plant had taken a decade of work.

“It has been very difficult to achieve because the tomato stem and the potato stem have to be the same thickness for the graft to work,” he said. “It is a very highly skilled operation. We have seen similar products. However, on closer inspection the potato is planted in a pot with a tomato planted in the same pot — our plant is one plant and produces no potato foliage.”

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