‘Ketchup and Fries’ Hybrid Tomato/Potato

tomato and potato grafted plant 'Ketchup and Fries' Spokane photographer Alan Tower. alantowerphoto.com

Here a ‘Ketchup and Fries’ is shown already with blooms and growing very rapidly. These will be huge plants by the time we can plant them out around Mother’s Day.

OK, we grow a lot of great tomatoes at Tower.  The best new hybrids and the best of the heirlooms.  But this year there’s something new on the tomato table.  ‘Ketchup and Fries’ grows clusters of red sweet tomatoes the size of cherry tomatoes in long clusters. It also grows medium size white Potatoes!

The Tomtato, 'Ketchup and Fries' grows white potatoes and red tomatoes on the same plant.

The Tomtato, ‘Ketchup and Fries’ grows white potatoes and red tomatoes on the same plant.  Brianna is  ready to move them out to the sales tables.

This is a grafted tomato/potato—The Tomtato.   Potato roots and tomato top.  And we note that the tomato side is keeping pace with normal tomato growth.  We think there will be a bumper crop of each.  Actually these may be our fastest growing plants!  Already blooming by the middle of April.  These are non-GMO, natural plants just grafted together in a unique way.

We know this much…this will be an amazingly fun plant for kids (a chance to explain grafting) and grownups alike.

When they first arrive, they are tiny plants just grafted and have to be handled with utmost care.

When they first arrive, they are tiny plants just grafted and have to be handled with utmost care. This is after they have doubled in size and gotten their first transplant.

It is a novelty.  It won’t likely change how the potato crop is grown in Grant County (the WA county that produces more potatoes than any other country nationally).  But it will make a for a fun plant and yet another way to show the neighbors that you get the latest in the plant world at Tower.

So grab a couple packs of ketchup and some fries…one for you and one to give to the boss, mom, or whoever you would like to amuse.   How much fun is that?

 

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