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The birth of a baby

My gardening ignorance knows no bounds, so for the longest time I wondered how exactly are tomatoes appear on the vine? I know this is a trite question to preoccupy my mind with, what with all the thinking I could be doing about world peace and the nature of happiness and all, but occupy me it did.


Normally I turn to Google to solve my quandaries, but for some reason, in this case the effort proved worthless. Experienced gardeners already knew the answer, and all I could find was chipperly ignorant answers from other first time gardeners. (Speaking of, I drove by a church readerboard the other day that proclaimed “Google does NOT have all the answers.” I guess that proves them right. Made me laugh.)


For weeks while I waited for something, anything to happen with the tomatoes who were flowering leisurely, I circled the plants like a hungry shark waiting for some sign of a bulge. Would it come from behind the flower like a cucumber?  Would it form inside the flower itself? I didn’t want to miss the moment that would answer this cruicial question so every day I checked for the telltale little green ball that would tell me my efforts would be rewarded.


And when finally, my first plant, the Black Prince, decided to reward my patience, and I had my answer. So I thought I’d share it with anyone else who may be wondering how exactly the magic happens and where to look for it next time. And then the photo turned out blurry. And then I cried. But I’ll post it anyway, because a crappy photo still solves the mystery once and for all. The flower wilts, people, wilts! And from BEHIND the wilted flower the tomato starts peeking out. First as a teeny little pea, and rather quickly grows to a large orange that proceeds to turn lighter and lighter until allegedly, it begins to ripen. But I’ll try and take a photo of that as it happens. Does it start on top? Side?…


Blurry baby tomato


Baby tomato got big

7 comments to The birth of a baby

  • Just like a really interesting science experiment. I much prefer to find things out on my own than rely on “The Google”. Kudos!

  • Even us seasoned gardeners find the whole thing miraculous! Good for you, Kim

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    @ Brown-Eyed Girl – me too, but I was curious! And they were taking FOREVER!

    @ Meadowwood Garden – Hmmmm, I’ll have to confirm that first hand y’know. I really really thought it would be from the top for some reason.

    @ inadvertent farmer – I envy your handle already. I think I may be inadvertently moving in the same direction… and it is a miracle. Thanks for stopping by!

    @ Jean – you have NO idea. Wait, yes you do.

  • yes, the color begins to form on the bottom. Although I’ve had some begin on the side, some on the top. This is a good topic. I’ll try and take some photos today as I have a number of tomatoes in various stages of ripe on the counter and on the vine.

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    Oh cool – please do! You have no idea of how many people are as ignorant as I am! Well, maybe it’s just me, but bred and raised in the city, I somehow doubt it.

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