At the beginning of the summer, we bought a tomato plant.
A few months ago, one of our friends harvested his cherry tomatoes, put them in a salad, and invited us to dinner. Normally, I am polite and don’t pick through food. This time, though, I couldn’t help myself. After everybody had their chance at seconds, I went for the tomatoes like a laser-guided missile.
I don’t even like cherry tomatoes most of the time. The ones I had before were always so sour and unrewarding, especially compared to grape tomatoes and regular tomatoes. But our friend’s cherry tomatoes opened my eyes.
So we went to the farmer’s market, and chose a ‘Gold Gem’ hybrid on the advice of the tomato lady. She said they were very sweet. I said, ‘Sweet!’
Little did I know that Gold Gems are an indeterminate variety, which means they grow … and grow … and grow. Determinate varieties, on the other hand, grow to a certain height, then stop. I was dismayed, but found it difficult to imagine our unprepossessing baby plant reaching heights of 7 feet or more.
Our tomato plant took little time to prove me wrong.
It grew far faster than any other plant in our little container garden, putting out new leaves almost daily, growing a foot a week, needing larger and larger pots. It’s unstoppable, not even slowing down when it hit the ceiling. We even moved it down to the ground, giving it a bit more room to grow, which it took no time at all to conquer.
As Hide would say, I’m now feeling ‘infinite regret’. Next year, determinate varieties only. Indeterminate ones are simply not appropriate for indoor container gardens.