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Tomato

Solanum spp.

Also known as

Potato

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

8m

Max

2.5m

50cm

Min

50cm

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Some red tomatoes on a Solanum plant
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Tomato Overview

Solanum is a very large and diverse genus containing up to 2000 species of annual and perennial twining climbers, shrubs and trees, in the nightshade family, Solanaceae. These may be evergreen or deciduous and this genus includes the economically important crop plants potatoes, tomatoes and aubergines. Solanum also includes poisonous plants such as woody nightshade, and many others which are grown as ornamentals. They produce attractive, 5-lobed flowers with distinguished stamens, often in a contrasting colour. These lead on to fleshy fruits. Some species are popular as garden plants, such as Solanum crispum, which is also known as the Chilean potato tree - a vigorous scrambling climber, grown for its pretty blue-purple flowers with prominent yellow stamens. Ingestion of many parts of many species may cause severe discomfort.

Common problems with Tomato

How to propagate Tomato

Cuttings

Seed

Many cultivars will not come true from seed.

Special features of Tomato

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Attractive fruits

Other uses of Tomato

Grown for their flowers and ornamental fruits. Flowers most seasons. Suitable for coastal conditions.