My daughter gave me a tomato plant this spring originating many years
back from my son-in-law's family - a somewhat typical Italian red
tomato, slightly plumper than a Roma . It's doing well with 7 or 8
normal looking tomatoes, but appears to have a 'sport', a single large
bulbous tomato off one branch bearing no resmblance to the others.
Is this common with tomatoes? If not, depending on how it looks at
maturity, is it something I should get excited about and pursue with a
just one huh? That's tough. The first thing to do is get it a business
agent and come up with some colorful story for its' origin (You know
like being found in the garden of some hermit high in the [name of
mountain here].) Be sure to get pictures. Does it vaguely resemble any
known saint? Be sure to try public access TV. I mean whoop it up.
Finally, at some point it you should probably taste it. If it's any
good, save some seeds.
Coloribus gustibus non disputatum. (more or less)
Well, some slug likes its taste, has made a small hole on it, avoided
the other tomatoes on the vine. It's ripening - I'll keep you posted
on the taste.
Still haven't heard how common this might be.
FYI, I've added a photo via attachment, if it comes through.
Robert's two binary posts appeared on my server, though I didn't view
them as I have a setting not to download binaries. But I did get the
photo the first time it was mentioned. I think the OP should wait until
his plant produces a SECOND 'sport' on that branch before jumping to any
conclusions, because ...
what does happen quite often with tomatoes is that you'll get a fruit
which is the fusion to two ordinary fruit, so it is much heavier than
normal and of a different shape--often resembling two normal tomatoes
melted together, but sometimes much weirder. It's usually a one-off and
something to do with a particular flower rather than a whole branch of
You might have a mutant limb, though it's unlikely. Not downwind of a
nuclear power station are you?? Or near a depleted-uranium weapon test
A migrant from Chelmsford in the UK told me that where she grew up near
a golf course, the greenkeepers each year spread sewage sludge (human
manure) to fertilise the grass. Then in Springtime the nearby residents
would make furtive forays to the green to dig up free tomato seedlings that
had sprung up everywhere. It was a lucky dip, not knowing what variety of
tomato you'd end up with.
John Savage (my news address is not valid for email)
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