Biggest tomato plant in La Jolla?

By Ashley Mackin

When La Jolla Shores resident Lillian Stein took two cherry tomato plants “off her neighbor’s hands” a few months ago, she had no idea what she was in for. The plant (or possibly plants) has grown to an unbelievable size, overtaking all other bushes and furniture around it in her Avenida de la Ondas backyard.

Though two were planted, it’s hard to tell if the mass of branches and blossoms originate from one plant or two. The branches have grown so long with so many offshoots that it’s nearly impossible to tell which branches come from where. With no idea how the plant (which has yielded more than 1,000 cherry tomatoes so far) got to its gigantic size, Stein said her only guess is the amount of sunshine it constantly gets.