So I have this cherry tomato plant at my house that’s growing out of the spot that we deposit the ashes when we barbecue. It wasn’t planted there, it’s completely volunteer, and it’s arguably one of the most aggressively-growing things in the garden. I did the logical thing. I cloned it.
Any gardener can tell you that certain plants clone easier than others. It’s genetic. However, any gardener can also tell you that rooting is rarely an exact science.
The weird thing is I can’t seem to fail at it, and not for a lack of trying. I’ve even tried doing it wrong. I put a clear glass of tap water in a windowsill and stick cuttings in the water. I get roots that fill the glass. I put a LEAF – one leaf – from the Mystery plant in a glass of tap water thinking that since there’s no growth tip it’s sure to fail and thereby prove my mortality.
Nope. It’s growing roots.
I took 4 cuttings from the tomato plant to try and get one or two good ones. I get four. I plant one in the dirt in the middle of the day, full searing sunlight. It wilts and mopes for a couple days and recovers. So I planted the remaining three as satellites of their mom, middle of the day, in the shade, and they’re doing great. I even planted the leaf from the Mystery Plant with them.
Maybe I’m evil, but I hope it dies.
If it doesn’t die I’m going to have to find some more strenuous test to prove my thumb is a normal shade of green and not some kind of superhuman ultra-green.