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Enlightenment on tomatoes on potato plants found



2012-06-17 - Old Gradyville Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
We had pondered this, never having seen such an occurrence - tomatoes sprouting on potato plants - in many years of gardening. I was vaguely aware that both potatoes and tomatoes belong to the nightshade family of plants [solanaceae] and that because of this relationship tomatoes, once called 'love-apples,' were formerly considered unfit for humans to eat. An internet search gave us the information that potatoes sometimes set these 'seed-balls' or 'seed-berries' when long days [think June] coincide with a spell of cooler weather - Sharon Whitehurst

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