Take a close look at the above photo. I’m sure you recognize the pink geranium, but can you tell what the other plant on the left is? It’s growing right there in the same pot, and there’s another smaller one on the other side. They’re tomato plants, and I’ve decided to let them stay.
Years ago, my mother-in-law pleaded with me to keep one of her geraniums over the winter. It still lives happily in my living room. I tried putting it outside one summer, but it sulked, so back inside it came. I guess it got used to the good life or something.
About a year ago, I started finding tomato seedling in the geranium’s pot. Like any good gardener, I plucked them out. But they kept popping up, and one day, after months of having neglected my plucking, I saw two defiant seedlings in there, several inches tall and surprisingly sturdy.
So I decided to try something different and just leave them alone. They’re growing so fast, and I am curious to see how well they develop. A fellow gardener suggested I remove them and pot them up separately, but I’m afraid to disturb their root systems, and they seem to be so darned determined to grow there, next to their geranium friend.
Sometimes, I think you have to give in and see where your plants take you. I’ll be sure to let you know if they flower – the tomatoes, that is.