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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:11 pm    Post subject: Two Different Tomatoes on One Plant Reply with quote

Just wondering has this ever happened someone else.

I am growing a couple of different cherry varieties but with my yellow tumbling toms, when i was picking them yesterday, i noticed two of my plants had both red and yellow tomatoes on the same plant.

They have been grown from my own saved seed. I would have had yellow and red tumbling toms as well as Garden Pearl all growing beside each other in previous years.

So my query is- Is this cross pollination at work or have I just got two renegade plants?!



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I mentioned this to an elderly gardener and avid tomato grower yesterday. He says that is just not possible. Go figure. Photos don't lie.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

probably two plants intertwined.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To me it looks as though the two different types have merged together through growth and have twisted branches which makes it look as though its one plant. Pretty much what Greengage stated above.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only other thing that I can think of is that you might've bought a grafted tomato. Either deliberately, or by accident, or a bit of fun by a bored nursery worker, you might have a plant with two grafts. If you grew from seed, it has to be two different plants.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After i took this photo I had picked all the red tomatoes and no more grew "on" it. I have to say, even though I was hoping for a dual variety plant, I think Greengage is spot on. Despite tracing back to the branch and thinking they were both from the one I can only assume I got it very wrong and it was just the crossing of plants...which is very disappointing. But at least I did learn that it is not possible to have a multiple variety plant without grafting. Thanks everyone
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phew you nearly had us there, glad to have helped, there is no such thing as a silly question just silly answers.
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