Tomato oddity - Knowledgebase Question

Oakland, Ca
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Question by carola3
June 20, 2010
I'm growing tomatoes in a topsy turvy planter for the first time. They are doing well, getting big, developing little buds that will turn into tomatoes. But one plant has developed a big flower which looks like a dandelion. I've never seen that on a tomato before. Does it mean the plant is going to seed? Should I pick it off? Some advice, please! Thanks!!!

Answer from NGA
June 20, 2010
Very curious, indeed! It's possible the flower bud, when it was forming, became distorted through some physical injury and the evidence is appearing now, when it is fully opened. The other thing that comes to mind is that there is a tomato plant called Reisetomate Tomato or Traveler Tomato. It produces a multiple flower and multiple but attached fruits. It will be interesting to see if this flower produces such a fruit. I'd leave it alone to see what happens. If it is pollinated you may well see a group of tomatoes developing from that flower. Very curious......

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