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Tswears
Oct 2, 2019 10:08 PM CST
I bought a tomato from the grocery store intending to eat but I noticed it started to grow sprouts through the skin. The tomato is not mushy or starting to rot but I can see more sprouts coming. I don't think this is how tomatoes grow, is this a parasitic plant growing within?
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CrazedHoosier
Oct 2, 2019 10:25 PM CST
Tswears said:I bought a tomato from the grocery store intending to eat but I noticed it started to grow sprouts through the skin. The tomato is not mushy or starting to rot but I can see more sprouts coming. I don't think this is how tomatoes grow, is this a parasitic plant growing within?
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I believe those are tomato seedlings coming up. It's a bit freaky, but it happens a lot in produce that is extremely determined to grow. Peppers do it all the time in my experience.
Maybe we should get a second opinion...
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Oct 3, 2019 1:39 AM CST

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That is fascinating. It does indeed look like the tomato seeds have started to germinate whilst the fruit is still fresh.
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oneeyeluke
Oct 3, 2019 2:35 AM CST
I bet those seeds are super viable to do that. If you lower the temps that would stop.
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blue23rose
Oct 3, 2019 5:17 AM CST
Omg, that is wild! I have never seen this before. Kind of like an alien life form, lol! Thanks for posting this unusual occurrence, @Tswears!
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oneeyeluke
Oct 3, 2019 5:48 AM CST
That's the way Mother Nature insures their germination when they hit the ground. . Thanks for showing that photo Tswears
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sallyg
Oct 3, 2019 7:29 AM CST
Yes the tomato's own seeds sprouting. Great picture! I have never seen them come through the skin. I have (rarely) found green sprouted seeds, with their seed leaves and a tiny root, inside cut tomatoes.
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plantladylin
Oct 3, 2019 7:37 AM CST
Tswears, Welcome!

Thanks for sharing that cool photo! Thumbs up I've never seen anything like that either and your photo would make a great contribution to our database! Tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum)
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