Did You Know That Potato Plants Have Poisonous Fruit?!

We were out in our garden, “hilling” our potato plants with mulch, when we discovered something pretty cool… POTATO FRUIT!
Did you know that regular old potato plats sprout little green tomato-looking fruit? Check it out!

50 Comments

  1. Rinmawia ralte on December 8, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks for the video..i just found my potatoes bearing fruits and they are lovely…but what if i dont see your video and my children are plugging those lovely fruirs and eat them😂

  2. Tahi Muhammad on December 8, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    I just noticed my potato plant had fruit on it too. Soo glad I searched it and found out they’re poisonous. Phew! Thanks!

  3. Max Watkins on December 8, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    thanks for clarifying. I just discovered this today after planting my first sprouted left over potato a while back. the fruits on mine seem to grow on a separate weed/vine like stem. cant wait to learn more and start planting more…don’t suppose any carrots do the same in terms of growing off leftovers…anyone???

  4. jessie on December 8, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    This is the first year that I’m growing potatoes.the past two years I’ve grown tomatoes but it’s just way too hot on my porch and they don’t do well. I’m using two five-gallon buckets.I was shocked to see how fast the potato plants grow. They are nice and green and full.the plants bloomed with the little purple and yellow flowers. The flowers just died last week and now I’m getting the potato fruit. I just watched another video that said you should pinch the flowers off when they start to grow. I’m not sure what to do. I enjoy your video you say what you got to say and get right to the point. That is appreciated.

  5. Elizabeth Monteforte on December 8, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    I got some in my garden this year. First time planting potatoes too.

  6. Dana Karloz on December 8, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Hopefully mine will produce in a few years…I will keep watching them.

  7. Armin Veladžić on December 8, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    This is the first year I am growing a garden, never done it before, and i had these fruits on my potatos, i had on averege about 5-6 per plant, and I was realy excited to learn what they are and how to use them, now i have to go to my garden an pluck a few kilogram of poisonus fruit to depose of before someone or something eats them. Bumer.

  8. Back To Reality on December 8, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Hey guys, Derrick here. Just a quick (but very important) correction: At 3:04, when I said "unlike all of the other members of the nightshade family, potato fruit are completely poisonous", I should have said "unlike the fruit of the other members of the nightshade family that I just mentioned (tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants), potato fruit are completely poisonous," or something similar. MANY members of the nightshade family are poisonous (in all or in part) to humans and other animals. This of course includes "Deadly Nightshade." I’m very sorry for this confusion, but would like to thank all of you that pointed out my error.

  9. Crystal Lapensee on December 8, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    My potatoes are full of these. Thanks for the info.

  10. Debra Barron on December 8, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    I live In Ireland and have grown spuds.
    I found these potato fruit on them. And Googled what they were. Your video came up.
    Very interesting.
    Thank you

  11. Jennifer McF on December 8, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    This is my first time growing potatoes and amazingly I’ve spotted a bunch of potato fruit. Can I keep the potato seeds inside the fruit, or do I take the seeds out of the fruit itself to keep for next season?
    Many thanks
    Jen

  12. Jeanette Fox on December 8, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks. I found some of these yesterday and had never seen them before. Now I know! I’m in the UK. It hasn’t been especially wet but then we always get plenty of rain.

  13. Patrick Daugharty on December 8, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    This past year I did Ruth Stout and I also got potato fruit. I assumed it was because my mulch wasn’t deep enough. I did get potatoes but not a huge crop. I’m glad to know it wasn’t my mulching. I’m using primarily Pineneedles as the mulch with some grass and leaves mixed in. Hay is expensive here in Colorado. The soil here is real basic so I’m hoping the Pineneedles will acidify it somewhat.

  14. Amanda Morgan on December 8, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    This is so interesting. I bought NON organic potatoes from the grocery store and planted them. Yesterday I dug one up to see what was going on….and the potato still looked exactly the same as when I planted it. So I just assumed that it didn’t grow because it’s non organic and was probably sprayed with something to inhibit sprouting.
    Buuuut yesterday I also found a plant with green tomato looking things and white flowers among the weeds (I didn’t weed my potato row because I didn’t know what potato plants looked like…don’t judge me).
    So maybe some of taters are growing??

  15. Jessica Morgan on December 8, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    I just found fruit on my Yukon gold potatoes, which is why I am watching this video. Thanks!

  16. Debra Elsworth on December 8, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Hi halifax uk here i have these fruit

  17. Miriam Allison on December 8, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Iv got potato tomartos what to do

  18. Praful Bhere on December 8, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    Nice

  19. Broderick Elliott on December 8, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    I’ve never seen potato fruits myself, although Laura Ingalls Wilder’s biographical account of her husband’s boyhood "Farmer Boy" mentions him attempting to grow potatoes from seed out of curiosity. What I have encountered two growing seasons in a row now are "stalk tubers," little potato like growths branching off the stems high up on the plant. Given that potatoes are not true tubers but instead modified stems, this curiosity logically lies within the realm of possibility, but I’m theory the presence of sunlight should impede their formation. I’ve saved last year’s specimen and will do so with this years; I really need to get a hold of someone in botany to learn more about this (apparent?) mutation.

  20. Vedraj r.m on December 8, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    This is the first time I’ve ever even put a thought about it

  21. jackie myers on December 8, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Just about 15 minutes ago i saw this single fruit on my potato plant and was not sure what it was and so I googled it and came across this video. Now i know what it is and my kids will know all about it. Amazing, knowledge is so powerful. Thank you for sharing.

  22. Mrssea Sea on December 8, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Ya, but out of pure curiosity, I want to see what happens, I currently have 3 plants with the berries on them. think I’ll give it a go….

  23. charj57 on December 8, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    As I was harvesting my potatoes today, I found several of these potato fruits. It was interesting listening to your video.

  24. Frank Blue on December 8, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Hello there. I’m new to the grow your own world and this is my first attempt at potatoes. I got potato fruit. I’m not going to eat them, but should I leave them or take them off? Does it mean I Should harvest the potatoes now or keep waiting? Thank you. Good video coz I was soo confused as to why I had tomatoes 😂. Was definitely not going to eat them.

  25. golddust mommy on December 8, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Your potato videos are what made me decide to finally grow potatoes. I watched this particular video only a couple months ago before I planted my tubers. I HAVE POTATO FRUIT GROWING! I couldn’t even believe it when I saw them.

  26. William Kearney on December 8, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Great video, first for me saw some on my plants. Thanks for the video.

  27. Vanessa B Coleman on December 8, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I came on searching for an answer because I have tons of these potato fruit on 2 large containers of potatoes that I am growing in my yard. It scared me when I saw it because it didn’t look right. I am forever grateful for you posting this video because I have 2 grandchildren and they come over and sample the fruit in my garden. Going to prune those right away. I am definitely subscribing to your channel! ✔

  28. Pamela Wilson on December 8, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Have these growing on my potato plants right now and was wondering about them. Awesome timing for me, thank you!!

  29. Clash Of Clans SHIELD on December 8, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Out if the 8 potato plants planted 100% of them produced a lot of potato looking fruit. Midwest area clay soil. No additives in soil. Was my first year gardening experience. I had to look this video up after I saw the tomato looking buggers.

  30. Steven Vander Ploeg on December 8, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    This is the first time in be grown a garden and I’ve the potato fruit. Im from Grandvalley Ontario Canada. I guess I’ll just put them in the garbage and not compost.

  31. Allan Larmour on December 8, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    I Googled " little green balls growing after the flower falls off". Your video was first on the list. And yeah, my potato plants dropped their flowers and what looks like little cherry tomatoes are growing and I ask the same question you did. Why don’t people grow spuds from seed and you answered that question as well. Great video, thank you. I subbed your channel.

  32. BiRdUp 520 on December 8, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    I’ve grown potatoes before, this year was the first time I’ve noticed the fruit. Im glad I didn’t try eating them lol

  33. Ron Maur'er on December 8, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    I had some potato fruit bloom earlier this season. Zone 6a 6b Pennsylvania USA.

  34. Sarah Zhang on December 8, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    I came here because I saw my photo plants growing a bunch of green cherry-like tomatoes after flowering. Now I know it is called “potato fruits”, which is so funny.

  35. Rick Deveau on December 8, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    I’ve got a ton of potato fruit because the shakey fertilizer lid came off one day as I was shaking a BIT of fertilizer on my potato plant. Growing like crazy but lots of flowers and berries. I think I should clip flowers and berries. What do you think?

  36. Shay Cook on December 8, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Thank you for this!! Yes my potatoes have potato fruit and I was confused!!

  37. jawkys center on December 8, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    I’ve heard this argument for many things including distilled water, and I’d like some hard data that proves these theories i mean can it be more poisonous than monsantos glysophate?

    Usually whenever fear mongering is used to convince a generation away from self sustainability there is usually money involved.

    On a side note this is useful information and just might growing to experiment with seeds

  38. Maria Renshaw on December 8, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Hi I’ve just taken the fruits of my potatoes, are they ok for the compost please?

  39. Julie Hardy on December 8, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Hi I’m in the UK I’ve grown Potatoes this year for the first time & have these potato fruits where the flowers were so had to google what they were & found your video thanks it was so helpful. Stay safe thanks x

  40. Glenys Gallagher on December 8, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    July 2020. First time grower of potatoes. Growing in pots. One plant has been flowering beautifully for 2 weeks. Found 14 fruits on the plant a couple of minutes ago. The rest of the plant is still flowering. What I wanted to know was should I still wait for greenery to turn yellow or dig up now.

  41. Luisa Golob on December 8, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    We got potato fruit! Yeh

  42. Jepoy32 on December 8, 2020 at 10:13 pm

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  43. mooncat and beryl on December 8, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    i knew that green potatoes were poisonous, but i didnt know this, wow fascinating, thanks, i am growing potatoes this year for the first time ever.

  44. Karen Strevel on December 8, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Just discovered “potato fruit” on our container grown potatoes today! Thanks for the information.

  45. Abimbola Jolaoso on December 8, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you for your honesty regarding the potatoes fruits. I searched to confirm the leaves being sold to us to consume as potato leaf. the sold at farmers market and some stores is the wrong leaf.

  46. Jacob Mclin on December 8, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    I’m currently watching my potato flowers!

  47. davidbennett60 on December 8, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    I just picked my one and only potato fruit this afternoon and was wondering if it’s worth planting the seeds.

  48. Zoot jitsu on December 8, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    “But these things are cyclical” sounds like climate change denial perhaps…

  49. Michael Rich on December 8, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Iv got potato fruit on some of my plants. First time Iv seen them and I do potatoes every year

  50. MIKE MEINDERS on December 8, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Hey there we just had our first potato fruit 7/10/2020 glad we checked first I just about took a test bite. Wow nasty little things. THANK YOU FOR THE INFO.

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