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    I love fruiting plants as well. I want to get a Carmine Jewel dwarf cherry bush and keep it in a pot-hardy to -50 so it should do ok in one.

    I am still not sure what has survived the winter here. And I am thinking of ripping up my Sunchokes as they require a ton of extra watering or they look like shit. They are supposed to be drought tolerant, but I guess that just means surviving ok but looking like they have been machinegunned. Fuck that.


    It is too depressing to look at the catalogs when everything is covered in snow and ice. Damn winter!

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    Amazing tomato-potato plant anyone? Has anybody tried this, just for fun?


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    ^That is a freaky-ass plant, right there.
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    Here's how it's described:

    Amazing Tomato-Potato

    Amaze Your Friends...Fun to Grow!

    POTATOES BELOW GROUND ...TOMATOES ABOVE
    The fabulous Tomato-Potato grows delicious red, ripe tomatoes above ground and tasty, plump red-skinned potatoes below. We have grafted a “Sub-Arctic” variety tomato (noted for extra-earliness) onto a “Red Pontiac” potato (noted for its good eating and storage quality).

    Tomatoes and potatoes are members of the same plant family, plants look alike and grow together in the same space. The potato graft produces plump potatoes while the tomato graft grows luscious tomatoes.

    • Early ripening tomatoes.
    • Bushels of fruit from a short row of plants.
    • Flowers set fruit even on cold days.
    • Large, meaty, round red tomatoes in big clusters.
    • Attractive leaves and compact vines.
    • Excellent storage potato. Good eating.
    • Long cropping season.
    • Red Pontiac potatoes grow below ground.
    Amazing Tomato-Potato - V13832

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    Cool! I'm curious how they'd do in a greenhouse, since we can only grow tomatoes in a greenhouse up here. I think Sub-Arctic is one of the ones that does well here, though, so assuming the potato end of it would be okay in a greenhouse, then I might have to give this a try. The only problem I could see is that the planter wouldn't be deep enough for the potatoes. Hmmm.....I'll have to give this some thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhoAmI View Post
    Here's how it's described:



    Amazing Tomato-Potato - V13832
    NOOOO!!!

    The scoop on 'Gardener's Choice'

    Always check Daves garden watchdog before catalog ordering! They have about a 90% negative rating!

    Just look at some of the reviews.

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    **I always check the Garden Watchdog before I ever order any mail order plants. At least you are then aware of the risks with a particular company-they also will show other companies that are affiliated-

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    Do you think other companies sell the Amazing Tomato-Potato? I've seen instructions on the internet about how to graft your own, but no way in hell I'm going to that kind of trouble. Maybe it will become a huge fad and they'll have them at garden centers soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhoAmI View Post
    Do you think other companies sell the Amazing Tomato-Potato? I've seen instructions on the internet about how to graft your own, but no way in hell I'm going to that kind of trouble. Maybe it will become a huge fad and they'll have them at garden centers soon.
    I have no idea but I would imagine if it is something that is really successful, as in you really can grow a healthy tomato/potato plant and it will be productive and all, that it would be more 'widely available' and something you could get at stores, etc.

    These have been around for a while, so the fact that you can only get it from a few online sources makes me very sceptical about the plant's viability-especially if you get it online.

    I would search for places that sell it, and then go to the Garden Watchdog site and check them out. If they company has way more positive reviews than negative, then you know that at least the company is better and you would stand a better chance of getting something viable to plant.

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    I sorta wanted to see it for the freak factor. Imagine the heart-pounding excitement of pulling it out at the end of the season to see if there are any potatoes! Oh, well, I guess it was too good to be true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhoAmI View Post
    I sorta wanted to see it for the freak factor. Imagine the heart-pounding excitement of pulling it out at the end of the season to see if there are any potatoes! Oh, well, I guess it was too good to be true.
    I know-it is tempting isn't it?-I think the quack nurseries count on that freak/unique factor to get sales. I have myself fallen for the infamous New Zealand 'Tree Tomato'-bought two-both quickly died. Live and learn I guess. lol

    If you have the $6.95 (plus shipping) to waste then go ahead and indulge I guess-you never know..but I would just try a more reputable nursery myself. That nursery has such bad reviews you are almost guaranteed to get something small, moldy and half-dead, or something tiny,dried out and shriveled.

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    You mean you didn't look like the happy child here?



    Am I the only one who sees something weird in their image for the Apricot Hedge?


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    Apricot hedge? lol. Apricots are too big-they are trees(even the dwarfed ones) and the constant pruning to keep them hedge-like would take off all the fruiting wood(which on Apricots is generally 2 to 4 year old wood. Plus Apricots are one of the most difficult fruits to grow because of the extreme early blooming-I know as I have grown them-nine times out of ten-no fruit!


    Also never buy from a catalog with fakey pics like that, or one that does not include the botanical(latin) name for the plant.

    and always, Garden Watchog for catalog checks!

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    Um, doesn't that apricot montage look like an erect penis? Do you think it's subliminal marketing?

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    ^^LOL. I didn't notice the erect penis because I was too busy noticing the one apricot that looks like lady parts and the other one that looks like an ass. But, holy crap, you're right!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhoAmI View Post
    Um, doesn't that apricot montage look like an erect penis? Do you think it's subliminal marketing?
    Quote Originally Posted by Sialia View Post
    ^^LOL. I didn't notice the erect penis because I was too busy noticing the one apricot that looks like lady parts and the other one that looks like an ass. But, holy crap, you're right!
    Good Lord-they do have an asshole and a vag-all wrapped up in a dick and balls!

    That has to be some kind of joke thing, right? That cannot be in a real catalog....can it?

    *edit* OMG..it is real-and it is for Manchurian Apricots-I grew one of these and they are damn TREES that get big! I had to cut mine down as it grew huge and the wood is extremely dense-it was a real bitch to cut down. And you cannot keep them as hedges-you would cut off all the fruiting wood!

    And that pic/drawing even has a lifelike 'head' on the penis! Lol

    Fruit porn for the win!

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