UK gardener grows 1,269 tomatoes on one stem breaking his own record

Douglas Smith, from Hertfordshire, UK, has broken the world record for the most tomatoes from a single stem/truss. In September 2021, whilst harvesting his tomato plants, Douglas discovered a single stem with 1,269 cherry tomatoes on it.

He broke his own record of 839, which he had achieved only a few weeks prior. The record before that was just 488 and had not been broken in over 10 years.

“After breaking the UK record for the largest tomato in the UK in 2020, with a 3.106kg (6.85lb) tomato, I sought a new challenge for 2021,” Douglas said when applying for this record. By comparison, the world’s heaviest tomato weighed 10 lb 12.7 oz (4.896 kg), grown by Dan Sutherland (USA) in 2020.

Not content with just setting UK-specific records, IT manager Douglas took an analytical approach to his tomato farming methods in order to become the best in the world. He studied various scientific papers and even took soil samples to be tested in a laboratory, which allowed him to tweak the formula until it was just right.

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