New hy­brid tomato ‘oc­to­pus tomato tree’ found

Daily Trust - - GOLDEN HARVEST -

Atomato hy­brid known as the “oc­to­pus tomato tree” that is able to grow from a sin­gle tomato vine spread­ing on a large fenc­ing and yield­ing thou­sands of toma­toes every sea­son has been found.

It looks like a tree full of toma­toes, but tech­ni­cally it is not a tree at all.

The oc­to­pus tree cur­rently on ex­hibit at Walt Dis­ney World Resort, Ep­cot, Florida, United States of Amer­ica has set a cur­rent Guin­ness World Record for the largest har­vest from a sin­gle plant. The tomato tree pro­duced enor­mous 32,000 toma­toes with a to­tal weight of 522 kg with the square crown reach­ing 40-50 square me­tres in size.

Dur­ing the first 7 – 8 months, the ‘tomato trees’ yield no fruit but once they reach ma­tu­rity, you can ex­pect a har­vest of over 14,000 toma­toes on the av­er­age. The ‘tomato trees’ ap­par­ently take 1.2 – 1.5 years to reach their re­mark­able size.

In­ter­est­ingly, ripe toma­toes from the oc­to­pus tomato trees at Ep­cot are reg­u­larly har­vested and used in the sev­eral Walt Dis­ney World restau­rants.

Source: www.odd­i­ty­cen­

Com­piled by Sa­fina Buhari The oc­to­pus tomato tree on dis­play in Florida, United States

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