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Tomato Bell Pepper Hybrid??

I always grow tomatoes and this year decided to try bell peppers too.  I had 8 of each of the plants in individual pots (repotted a couple of times) All of the pepper plants and 6 of the tomato plants were doing well and I got a good crop of tomatoes (Garten Pearl variety) and lots of peppers . One of my tomato plants has grown to approximately 5 times the size of the others and has a couple of flowers on but not grown any tomatoes yet. The other plant is obviously a tomato plant (fuzzy leaves, yellow flowers and distinctive tomato plant smell) but appears to be growing peppers. I am just really puzzled as I didn't think this could happen. Any info about this would be much appreciated.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,396

    I wouldn't have thought it possible. Would love to see some photos

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,396

    I think those are tomatoes, the tops, stalks and sepals or whatever they are, are toms not peppers. Toms do come in that shape. Maybe the seed wasn't what it said on the packet. My 'Gardeners Delight' were yellow bell shaped this year, no idea what they really are.

  • It is more the feel of them rather than the look. The skin is thick and more like a pepper than a tomato. Looking forward to seeing what they look like inside! image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,396

    It's always interesting when you get something unusual and unexpected. I love it image

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    Yes, there are some varieties shaped like that so agree that it's likely a stray seed.  If you like them it would be interesting to save some seed and see how they grow next year - may be similar or may not.  Like nut, lots of folk had yellow tomatoes from seed labeled 'Gardeners delight' (there's a thread on it I think) so there must have been a mixup with a wholesale seed supplier.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thank you both! I will update you when they are ready image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,396

    Thanks Bob, I didn't know other people had the Gardener's Delight issue. I bought mine as babies from a roadside stall and assumed they were wrongly labelled 

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,873

    It looks like one of the plum tomatoes like San Marzano. They have less seeds and thicker flesh than usual tomatoes.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 5,013

    I agree San Marzano best for cooking with- good for soup & sauces.

    AB Still learning

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