Recently I decided that my tomatoes had reached teenage-hood. This is much like adolescents becoming tall, leggy and outgrow their shoes in the blink of an eye. Therefore in a very short space of time my tomato plants became tall, leggy and their toes ( tom-toes of course!) began pushing out of their pots. It really was time to do something about it. And fast!
After a good drink (just water-they are not true teenagers after all) I carefully persuaded them out of their pots and settled them into their new accommodation. A Haxnicks Tomato Patio Planter which comes complete with 3 integral cane pockets and en-suite drainage holes- luxury accommodation indeed! they are all going to be very comfortable there.
The tomatoes had barely settled in their planters a week when they received an invitation from Grandpa Haxnicks. They were invited to take up temporary residence amongst the very best of plants at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Of course, I proudly accepted on their behalf. The marvellous thing about using Patio planters is that no uprooting is involved in relocation.
Teenage Tomatoes Homeward Bound
So I fed and watered my teenage tomatoes in preparation for an arduous week of being poked and prodded. All par for the course and run of the mill for life on a Chelsea Flower Show Trade stand. I'm happy to say that they survived rain, wind, sunshine, hail and a run in a Pimms soaked punter. Its a miracle they made it home to be honest as many Chelsea punters want to make one more purchase as they leave. Even if those plants are my precious babies and not for sale. Anyway, like post party teenagers they are now back home recovering, and I very much look forward to seeing them blossom into fruit bearing maturity.(NB: the teenager analogy does not extend to fruit bearing!) .