Liz Lutwick/News These tomato-like fruit seeds have appeared on local potato plants. The fruit is not edible and may cause illness because of high levels of toxin.

Liz Lutwick/Mount Vernon News

These tomato-like fruit seeds have appeared on local potato plants. The fruit is not edible and may cause illness because of high levels of toxin.

 

What are those small, tomato-like fruit appearing on potato plants?

The answer is interesting. Although potatoes are planted using chunks of potatoes, plants can also produce seeds, which are in small fruits that look like tomatoes.

Potatoes and tomatoes are close relatives, members of the nightshade family. Potato plant flowering is normal, but whether the flower develops into fruit depends on environmental factors like rainfall, fertilizer levels and nighttime temperatures.

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Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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