Monday, October 20, 2008

Tomato Plant Repair

Yesterday either the wind or its four-legged counterpart Tessa (it wasn't that windy) flattened our only surviving San Marzano tomato plant. In the process, the plant suffered some pretty severe damage to its main stem. As you can see in the picture below, it was creased at the point where it was bent over. There was also a split on the opposite side of the stem.
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In an effort to save the plant, we retied it securely to its stake, and taped up the damaged portion of the stem. We're hoping the stem will regrow where it was damaged, allowing the plant to survive. So far it looks promising. As of this morning, the leaves above the repair showed no signs of drooping or wilting.
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repairing the damaged plant

looking good so far

5 comments:

Sue M. said...

Wow, wish I'd of thought of that last week. I trimmed off stems from 2 of my tomato plants damaged by the wind. What kind of tape did you use?

Please keep us updated and let us know if it works out.

The wife said...

And just for the record: John's Sesame Street t-shirt featuring Bert says "I'm bringing nerdy back" - gotta love it! :)

Sue M. said...

LOL at the T-Shirt!

Julie said...

What an amazing fix!

lola said...

Good job. Hope it works. Let us know.