Douglas Smith, 42, has spent more than two months nurturing the giant tomato, weighing a whopping 6.6 lbs. And there are literally six normal beefsteak tomatoes that are fused into one.The massive fruit, which had to be supported using a pair of tights so that it did not fall off the stem.
A green-fingered dad smashed the record for growing the largest tomato in the UK-with the help of a couple of sheer tights.
Douglas Smith, 42, has been carefully growing the giant tomato for two months, which weighs a whopping 3 kg and is, in fact, six standard beefsteak tomatoes fused in one.
The big fruit, which had to be suspended with the tights so it did not fall off the stem, measured in the circumference of 27.5 inches. It was grown from a variety of seed known as Big Zac.
Douglas's monster edged ahead of the previous UK record-holder, Peter Glazebrook (the grower, not the tomato's name), whose record-winning tomato weighed 2.9 kg last year.
Douglas, from Stanstead Abbotts, Herts., said: "This has been an ambition of mine for a couple of years, now. Giant tomatoes have been my main focus in terms of competitive vegetable growing.
"Peter Glazebrook has held the last two records for UK's biggest tomato - and my attempts have been just shy of his every time. But this time, I've finally edged it."
Last month, product manager Douglas hit the headlines after growing a giant sunflower as tall as his home-which was standing at an incredible 20 feet high.
Surely the man appears to know what he is doing!
Now, he has shared the secret to growing his 'amazing' giant tomato, explaining: "What you want to try and cultivate is a fused flower - which is where the individual tomato plants fuse altogether in a row.
"This particular tomato is made up of six tomato plants all fused together. Fused flowers tend to be a natural mutation - but with competition seeds like the ones I had, they have been specially selected so that there is a slightly higher chance of this occurring.
"They tend to occur more often on the first truss of tomatoes - and when you have a spell of warm days followed by cool nights, like at the end of summer into autumn.
"It's also important to cut back any other flowers on the plant to maximise all the growth into the one 'mega shoot'."
Douglas got the seeds from U.S. tomato grower Larry Hill, from Minnesota, USA, for his giant tomato that yielded the seeds from his own, 3.47 kg tomato plant.
For more than two months Douglas watered his tomato plant at least once daily, using water with a mixture of liquid seaweed.
And he also gave the plant a weekly compost tea feed-consisting of a blended bucket of compost to help enhance the life of the soil. That's more of a promise.
He added: "I actually had to hang it in a sling towards the end, made out of a pair of pantyhose I had bought to provide it with support and keep it falling off the stem."
And Douglas said that the 'amazing' thing about his tomato was that it was grown in a pot, rather than in the ground.
He said: "I don't like growing things in pots - I prefer to grow things in the ground. But one of the competition categories was the biggest plant grown in a small pot. This tomato was grown in an 18.9-litre pot - which makes its size even more amazing."
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