Press message 23-05-2018
A new Guinness World Record that will feed the world?
HEMET/CALIFORNIA - With the current World Guinness Record record of 1,355 tomatoes from one plant, a whole community can be fed. Mr. Bill McNeese from Hemet, California, takes it one step further. In 2017 he challenged a tomato plant that he has been maintaining in his small garden, to the extreme.
Mr. McNeese has been doing trials for the last few years in his garden with various fruit and vegetable plants. In these trials he managed to grow various species in a water saving and sustainable way. His success story can be read on Groasis' website about his tomato plant of the variety Juliet of last year.
His Juliet tomato plant grew from April 2017 through February 2018 in a Waterboxx® plant cocoon. The Waterboxx® plant cocoon is an 'intelligent bucket' that protects and sustains Juliet in various ways. The plant faces less stress of the fluctuations of the temperature due to the micro climate underneath and in the bucket, and it receives a daily small amount of water.
While growing in the Waterboxx®, it was no problem for Juliet to set fruits during the hottest part of summer in August 2017, when the temperature rose above 105°F (+ 40°C). And in fall and winter, when night temperatures dropped to 40°F (4.4°C) the plant still set fruit and ripened it on the vine! In February, the last month of the plant, the total amount of fruits was set on 4,655. Total weight of fruits was 168 lbs. (76,2 kg).
‘’Never a problem giving away tomatoes that taste far better than you can buy at the store,” says Mr. McNeese.
Encouraged by the success of his Juliet of last year, Mr. McNeese applied to be in the run to set a new Guinness World Record for 'Most tomatoes from a single plant'. He planted a new Juliet in his garden in March of this year. Mr. McNeese will try to achieve even better results which will have a great chance of being the new Guinness World Record holder. His application has been accepted by the Guinness Book of World Records and a horticultural specialist will witness the counting. The approval of this new world record will unlock a new era of sustainable urban farming without depleting the natural resources of the environment. It is possible for home growers to grow these amounts of vegetables in a water saving and sustainable way, no matter how harsh the circumstances may be.
- The monthly blogs of Mr. McNeese can be read here.
- Pictures of Juliet, and the other experiments can be found here.
- Pictures of the newly planted Juliet can be found here.
- More information about the Groasis Waterboxx® plant cocoon can be found here.
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