Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Little Shop of Horrors

So, okay, yesterday, I hacked off some of the leaf fronds to ease up on the weight, it wasn't enough. Tom is getting too big. It's listing and I fear for my plant. On one hand, I consider hacking off the top half to let the tomatoes that are present grow up and ripen - On the other hand, I'm greedy and want to see more of those blossoms turn into tomatoes. What to do? You can see some of my Grandma Engineering - pony tail bands turned bungee cords to support to chair and curtain rod. It is not enough. DH suggested cutting a hole in the seat of the chair for the pot and 2x4's attached to the chair seat to trellis the rapidly growing plant. I looked for a cheap set-up on Amazon. I really don't want a broken chair (and it would be) and 2x4's in my bedroom - no matter how bad I want those BLTs!
Shades of 'Little Shop of Horrors'
 I would ask you what you would do in my situation, but I believe you wouldn't even do such a thing in your bedroom. Am I wrong?

12 comments:

  1. Don't cut the chair. Swap it for a low stool
    I would sacrifice some of the branches. Since it's in a pot. It might not have enough to ripen all th fruit
    So sacrifice quantity for quality

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    1. I pretty much decided to do that. Such a shame, but I did make a tomato plant from a slice and that's all I wanted to do in the first place. It was just the thought of a vine ripe tomato in a BLT makes my mouth water and I want them ALLLLLL! Ha Ha.

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  2. I am amazed. Your green thumb is magical like in Jack and the Beanstalk kind of magic.

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    1. Not magic, was third try. Guess the third time is the charm!

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  3. Tom could sue a hair cut...Cut the sucker branch and it will lighten up the load.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Have been cutting a lot off. The cluster of tomatoes and the smaller cluster are on the wayward (main) stem. The sucker I kept is the one that's stick straight.

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  4. Well I'm just amazed. It would be hard for me to cut any of Tom off. Actually I'm jealous. I tried to grow one in a cow feed tub outside and my tomatoes wouldn't get big.

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    1. It has been hard, but I know I will be sorry if I don't lighten the load. The tomato I got the slice from was a blemish free, bright red, 2 1/2" tomato from the store and was delicious - I sure hope mine are!
      I think you have to worry over them and fuss on them to make them grow good, and it doesn't hurt to have it next to you while you play games on the computer. Hee Hee Hee!

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  5. The only thing I can think of is to nip off the tip of the plant above the flowers. This may encourage new shoots lower down so you may get more flowers where you an easily reach them when they develop into tomatoes.Once the top flowers are tomatoes and have been harvested, lop it off.

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    1. I really don't know enough about plants - I did know that Tom was going to end up in the ceiling. He loves the grow light, but now, like Icarus, he has grown too close to the 'sun' and I think it had a detrimental effect. Besides, I couldn't even reach the blossoms to pollinate. I guess I will see if I get any off shoots or not.

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  6. no suggestions from me, I'm afraid ~ I just think it's totally awesome how the plant has grown and grown! Mother Nature is just so wonderful :-)

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    1. I have always loved gardening, but this experiment has been quite the experience! I agree, Mother Nature is wonderful!

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