The latest innovation from the Thompson & Morgan Grafting Programme
Juniper berries and quinine bark from the same tree? Following the success of the dual-cropping Tomtato® (tomatoes and potatoes from one plant) and Egg & Chips® (aubergines and potatoes on one plant), Thompson & Morgan is pleased to introduce its latest innovation in grafting technology: The Gin & Tonic Tree™.
It may sound impossible (so did the Tomtato® concept!), but UK gardeners can now grow juniper berries and quinine bark on the same plant, thanks to a major breakthrough in grafting technique.
The mail order seed and plant specialist has cornered the market for dual-cropping grafted plants in recent years having invested heavily in a grafting development programme at its Suffolk trial grounds.
The project has come on in leaps and bounds under the stewardship of Rolf Paoli, who joined the firm in spring 2015, bringing with him a reputation for creating the seemingly impossible.
The Gin & Tonic Tree™ is set to be the first in a series of grow-your-own beverages. Expect to see the Vermouth Vine and Sherry Cherry following in future years.
A limited stock of the Gin & Tonic Tree™ has been made available for the spring despatch season. A further 100,000 plants will be made available this summer for autumn delivery.
Thompson and Morgan recommends growing The Gin & Tonic Tree™ alongside a lemon tree to complete the ingredient list. For a bit of fun this was our 2016 April Fools joke. We hope you enjoyed it?
Kris Collins works as Thompson & Morgan’s communications officer, making sure customers new and old are kept up to date on the latest plant developments and company news via a wide range of media sources. He trained in London’s Royal Parks and has spent more than a decade writing for UK gardening publications before joining the team at Thompson & Morgan.
Hi do u grow Michaela Champaka , yellow, orange, or white, white known as Himalayas Champaka cry fraggrant ? Plz let me know
Hi there Dina, unfortunately we do not, but we have passed this on to Michael Perry to see if he can source one. Best regards, Wendie
I believe they can be very successfully companion planted with spaghetti trees, is that right?
Hi Pamela, I have heard this same thing. With them all being delivered by banana boat! Thanks for your comment, best regards, Wendie
Must be totally dense as didn’t think ‘April fool’. Being very partial to a g & t. Would love to be true!!!
Hi Val, you were not the only one who thought it could be true! We all wish for a bit of simplicity hay? Thanks for your comment, best regardsw, Wendie
Love it to be true.
Happy April Fools day.
Is sweet corn variety ‘Early Extra Sweet’ still available, it is an F1 HYBRID.
Hi A.j., Thank you for your post. Sorry I dont think we do the Early Extra sweet any longer but I will check with our horti expert when he returns Monday and get back to you. I too wish it was a real thing! Just think G&T in the garden on tap. Perfect. Regards Wendie
Hi AJ, I have found what you are looking for. Here is the link https://www.thompson-morgan.com/vegetables/vegetable-seeds/all-other-vegetable-seeds/sweetcorn-early-xtra-sweet-f1/234TM
I hope this helps, best regards, Wendie
Can I please reserve six trees PLEASE!!!!!!!!
6 trees reserved just for you! hehe! Happy A.F. kind regards, Wendie
I’ll take two please!
Hi Julie, two put aside for you. hehe! regards Wendie
Now a J D and ice tree would be really talking x
Hi Sue, I couldn’t agree more. I will get on to the growers immediately! Thank you for your comments. Kind regards, Wendie
A local farmer crossed a cow with dung in his yard and made a load of B******T
Dear Local Farmer, thank you for your reply, this has given us all a good laugh. Kind regards and happy April Fools, Wendie
Could April fools day have anything to do with this ? 🙂
8 out of 10 on the april 1st scale
Make mine a Double April fools !
You know what, I’m very much inlicned to agree.
Hi There, we also agree. Along with a washing up robot. Regards Wendie
Sounds amazing if only it wasn’t April1st
Down here in Caracas we have managed to cross Erythroxylum coca with Saccharum officinarum.
We were wondering if you might be interested in buying the rights?
Your customers could then grow their own rum and coke plant.
Let us know and we could send our representatives over to discuss
Excellent — love it, and just my kind of plant! Thanks for brightening up my day!