One of the interesting characteristics of tomato plants is that their flowers are not only different in size, depending on the variety, but also different in the number of sepals each variety has.
The sepals are the green slender leaves growing above or behind the petals.
Counting the sepals on my plants last season, I found that seven is about average but there are ten on a Brandywine (as in pic) and the lowest I’ve counted was six on a Tumbling Tom. It would be interesting to find out which variety has the fewest and the most sepals!
This makes me wonder why, when there are so many different tomato varieties, why are all tomato flowers yellow?
If you know the reason please leave a comment below!