New hybrid tomato ‘octopus tomato tree’ found
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.
Compiled by Safina Buhari The octopus tomato tree on display in Florida, United States