Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 1, 2013

Cherry tomato plant reaches 15 feet tall in Princeton backyard

By KATE COIL
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — While most cherry tomatoes are small the cherry tomato plant, L.D. Doyle has growing in his backyard isn’t.

Doyle, 76, of Princeton has spent his summer caring for a cherry tomato plant that has grown 15 feet tall beside his home. Most cherry tomato plants only grow between three and 10 feet in height.

“I didn’t do anything special with this plant,” Doyle said. “I just planted it like all the others. It grew up the side of the house and I had to place a stake on it. It’s still producing ripe tomatoes.”

Doyle said his neighbors are just as surprised as he is to see the massive plant towering over the backyard.

“I never saw a tomato plant that got this tall,” Doyle said. “The neighbors said they’ve never seen anything like it before. I have to get a ladder out to measure it.”

In addition to working a family farm in Elgood, Doyle said he still enjoys gardening around the house.

“I’m retired, so I grow plants in the yard to have something to do,” he said. “It gets me outside and in the fresh air.”

— Contact Kate Coil at kcoil@bdtonline.com