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Frank Wyer, from Kirkby Underwood, gets a surprise when his Gardener's Delight tomato seeds from Marshall Seeds grow into plants stretching about 10 ft




When green-fingered Frank Wyer bought some tomato seeds earlier this year, he didn’t expect his plants to grow quite so vigorously.

But within a few weeks his greenhouse in Kirkby Underwood was absolutely bursting with the Gardener’s Delight variety.

The 89-year-old said: “There were five seeds in the packet so I gave three away and planted the other two in about March.

The plants engulf the greenhouse. Photo: Alan Walters(21041461)
The plants engulf the greenhouse. Photo: Alan Walters(21041461)

“For me they normally grow gradually but these just shot up.

“They have filled up at least half of the greenhouse and have even grown up a set of steps that I was keeping in there.”

As well as being tall, the plants have also ventured outwards, stretching about 10ft across.

The tomato plants that have taken over Frank Wyer's greenhouse. Photo: Alan Walters
The tomato plants that have taken over Frank Wyer's greenhouse. Photo: Alan Walters

“It’s like a carpet of tomato plants,” added Frank. “I’ve never seen anything like it and I’ve been gardening for years.”

On the packet, Marshalls Seeds say the tomato plants should reach a height of about 6ft 5 and are ‘highly economical’ at £1.89 a packet.

Michelle Kenna, general manager at Marshalls Seeds said: “It’s been a favourable year for tomatoes, and with the right balance of water and warmth they will grow very well.

“Some of our colleagues at Marshall Seeds have also reported good growth - Gardener’s Delight is a popular variety.

“We’re delighted for Mr Wyer that his plants have grown so well.”

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