UK: 12,000 tomatoes from two plants at Sea Spring Seeds

A farming couple are playing ketch-up after they harvested more than 12,000 tomatoes from just two plants. Husband and wife Michael and Joy Michaud of Sea Spring Farm, West Bexington, planted seeds for the tomato plants in March last year and finished harvesting their bumper crop in mid-December.

They grew the Micro Cherry variety of tomato seeds in hanging baskets inside of a polytunnel and the 4ft long branches were laden with the juicy red fruits since July up until the end of last year. Joy soon began to keep a tally of the tomatoes she picked from the two plants and set a target to collect 1,000 from each of them.

But mild weather resulted in perfect growing conditions and the plants yielded more than 6,000 tomatoes each by mid-December before the colder weather set in. Joy said the Micro Cherry tomato plant grew much more fruit on it than any other variety of tomato plant she had ever seen.

The couple bought a packet of seeds for their Micro Cherry tomato plants from a wholesaler. Joy, 63, said: "We aimed to grow 1,000 from each plant but both of them produced more than 6,000 fruit each. "The plants are big but the fruits are small. They are just beautiful plants which were being grown in hanging baskets and were trailing down, growing masses and masses of fruits. The tomatoes were very good tasting as well.

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