Caring for the tomato properly sounds harder than it actually is. The individual measures are aimed at the care instructions for tomatoes and potatoes. You just need a little more sensitivity.© © alexkich - Fotolia.com
The Tomoffel brings a breath of fresh air to the garden and is familiar to us straight away. Refining potatoes and tomatoes has led to a remarkable new breed. At first glance, the TomTato looks like a tomato plant. But when the tomato harvest is complete, this does not mean the end of the plant, because the potato harvest is now pending.
The tomato is easy to grow and rich yields can be expected. What needs to be taken into account when caring for the Tomoffel can be read below.
Tomoffel - what's really behind it?
Tomoffel - an exotic name that actually defines itself quite simply. Potatoes and tomatoes in one plant? The thought of genetic changes already appears, but in the concrete case completely unfounded. Tomatoes and potatoes cannot deny their kinship, both belong to the nightshade family and can therefore be refined, as we know it from the fruit trees. The secret of the “Plant of the Year 2016” has already been revealed.
Tomoffel itself is a name that came out of the imagination. The idea of finishing the two nightshade plants comes from England. Two plants with a similar stem circumference were selected, the stems were cut and held together with plastic clips. Both interfaces grew together over time, the clip came off due to the pressure and the first tomato was born.
Caring for a potato - that's what matters
A new breed also presents hobby gardeners with new challenges. Not so the Tomoffel, the care does not differ significantly from a conventional tomato plant - and even inexperienced amateur gardeners have already harvested tomatoes in abundance. So there is nothing to prevent you from getting to know this exotic in the vegetable garden.
Pour the tomato properly
Irrigation is very important for the plant, after all, tomatoes and potatoes have to ripen on a plant. This double burden can only be mastered if you create the necessary basis for it. The floor must not dry out. Watering is usually done daily.
" Tip: The tomato is not poured directly onto the leaves. Wet leaves promote the penetration of fungal spores.
Pouring requires a bit of sensitivity. The floor should appear evenly moist. However, waterlogging must not occur. Rolled up leaves indicate that the plant lacks moisture. Tomatoes are sensitive to moisture from above. A protected location is therefore an advantage for the Tomoffel. The plants also do not get spontaneous changes in the weather. This can cause the fruit to burst after the rainy season following hot days. This can be explained by a pressure that is built up by the excessively high water content in the fruit.
" Tip: The tomato should have a covered location and should only be poured from below.
Fertilize the tomato properly
Fertilization is required regularly. The tomato itself is a heavy feeder and requires a lot of nutrients. If the soil is upgraded with compost during planting and then annually in spring and autumn, a good basis for the nutrient supply has already been created. With the start of flowering, tomato fertilizer is also administered. This can be added to the irrigation water at fortnightly intervals.
" Tip: The fertilizer used should have a high proportion of potassium, nitrogen and phosphate.
How can you recognize a lack of nutrients?
You can tell that there is not enough fertilizer due to reduced growth. If the leaves turn yellow, a lack of nutrients can also be assumed. Calcium deficiency leads to final blight and can be recognized by dark spots on the fruit.
Provide climbing aid
The Tomoffel wants to go high and needs the help of the hobby gardener. So that the plants do not buckle, they need a climbing aid. Larger plants not only get longer, but also heavier. Keep in mind that up to 500 cocktail tomatoes want to ripen on one plant. A stable climbing aid helps the plants to carry their heavy load. Special tomato sticks made of bamboo, wood or plastic can be used.
Recognize and fight diseases on the Tomoffel
While pest infestation does not really play a role in the Tomoffel, diseases can occasionally occur. Care errors or weather influences are often the cause.
❍ Herb and brown rot
In damp weather, late blight may occur. The fungal disease can be recognized by spots on the leaves. The tomatoes also show brown spots and become inedible because the flesh hardens. All infected plant parts should be removed. In case of advanced infestation, apply a plant protection product for fungal diseases.
" Tip: In a sunny and sheltered location, the disease can be largely avoided.
If powdery mildew occurs, the plant was probably too dry. The damage is shown by reduced growth and brown coloring of the leaves. The infected plant parts must be removed, but must not be disposed of on the compost, since the fungus does not die there. Spraying the plants with a milk-water solution or treating them with garlic brew have proven to be effective home remedies.
❍ Drought stain
The plant is literally double-hit by the drought spot disease, because it occurs on both tomatoes and potatoes. The infestation can be observed particularly often in warm and dry summers. The disease can be recognized by leaf spots, which appear preferentially on the underside of the leaf and appear ring-shaped. The fruits can also be infected. A moist and warm climate favor the appearance of the fungus. As a preventative measure, the plant should only be watered from below and kept in a protected location so that the leaves do not get any moisture. Spraying from a field horsetail herb has proven to be a good home remedy.
Home grown tomato - Here's how
If you are already enjoying tomato plants, you may be thinking about growing the plants yourself in order to increase your yield or to give garden friends a gift that not everyone has.
Seeds cannot be obtained from an already existing tomo. But you can try to refine the plants yourself.
What is needed?
- aluminum foil
How are you?
If the potatoes sprout, two shoots are cut out directly on the rind. There, two shoots of the tomato plant are grafted on. The interface can be supplied with plant wound ointment, alternatively you can wrap the interface with aluminum foil. Now the plant is put back in the ground and new shoot tips appear, the attempt seems to have been successful and the tomato is thriving.