Aug 28, 2007
I picked up a tall, straggly tomato plant at the local nursery last
week. In its better days, the plant would have sold for $45 -
the pot still had the sticker with that price. That
would have been at least a month or more ago. As it was, the
clerk let me have the plant for $7, plus a 20-percent discount.
The plant had about 8 tomatoes and half a dozen yellow flowers when we put it in the back seat of our car. By the time I put it and gingerly staked it in our backyard, it had lost two of its tomatoes and half of its flowers.
The first few days are never kind to a transplant. However good the new conditions, they represent a shock in comparison to where the plant has been situated. About half the leaves turned yellow (not good) and brown.
But I went to water the plant today, I noticed three things:
early European depiction of the tomato, about 1600