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Today I discovered one of my potato plants has, what looks like, a small green tomato growing on it. Is it a tomato? Or is it something else growing on my potato plant? Will the potatoes still be edible?



Hi its not a tomato but toms and potatoes are related. If its gone as far as fruit, then they are just over the ideal time to harvest, which is normally done after flowering. Cut the fruit off and bin. Don't eat them as they aren't edible!

30 Jun, 2011


They will be Potatoe seed pods, they do look like small tomatoes.

30 Jun, 2011


Nicky you are right to say these are small inedible, indeed poisonous, fruits but their appearance does not mean that the potatoes are past their ideal time to harvest.

30 Jun, 2011


This is first time I ever seen fruits on potatoes. So if I plant the nasty fruit, will it grow potatoes then? Also, will it affect any nearby potatoes?

30 Jun, 2011


Mrbumble the fruits need to be binned, don't let them get into the ground if you avoid it. Just like a tomato fruit they are full of seeds which will grow on as baby potato plants next year and be right where you don't want them. The fruits will not affect your current crop of potatoes.

1 Jul, 2011


If you feel really adventurous, you could plant the seeds in a planned location, and see what you get. That's how Luther Burbank got started. You never know, you could have the seed of the next blight-immune potato!

2 Jul, 2011

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