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29/05/2012 at 11:29

I have a tumbler tomato plant who sits quite happily in our kitchen window and has been for nearly seven years, and still produces tomatoes. I was wondering if anyone knows how old they can get?  I have taken cuttings from him (his name is George!) before and they have lasted a couple of years but George keeps going. 

I know that he can't keep going forever but I haven't been able to find out from anywhere how old they can get?  I would be grateful if anyone could shed some light on this for me.

29/05/2012 at 11:36

If anyone knows it'll be Italophile!

29/05/2012 at 11:43

Providing they are kept frost free, fed and watered I would say indefinitely-commercial growers keep plants going all year round and grow them many feet high.

I have never heard of anyone doing this for 7 years, which proves the point there is always something new in gardening

Like most people I discard after one season-it is not worth the hassle keeping them-perhaps you could post a photo of George in his dotage?

29/05/2012 at 12:18

george has dwindled a bit over the past few years but produces tomatoes at various times in the year, even in the winter, so I would feel bad at getting rid of him.

I tried to upload a photo but unfortunately computer not playing nice today .  sorry



29/05/2012 at 17:23

Good grief. Seven years. I've heard of three years. Toms are perennials usually grown as annuals mainly because weather or disease kill them off during or at the end of their first season. Given ideal conditions - as George obviously has - they could go on as long as any perennial plant, though cropping will dwindle as the plant exhausts itself.

29/05/2012 at 18:35

wow you learn something new every day.Gunna give one of mine ago this year got a big bay window in spare bedroom gunna stick one on there see what happens.Never new they could last longer then a season.

I would like to see a picture as well like.

29/05/2012 at 19:49

i'll keep trying with the photo.  we keep george in a west/south-west facing window and it's great to see when a new tomato is produced. i'm sure they taste better every year although this year not so many produced. 

29/05/2012 at 20:04

has it always been in the house or did it have a season not an expert or anything but it might be good for george if he never produced any fruit for a year pincing the flowers of or something.Give the little fella a break.

That might sound silly like but it works with other plants

29/05/2012 at 20:16

i bought him from our local garden centre when he was just a seedling and has since stayed in the same window. we live in a flat so i thought we would have lost him after the first season but then he started producing at all times of the year. 

thanks for the advice..i noticed he is growing another one at the moment so i'll maybe pince the other flowers and let this be his last for a while

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