Orphan plants

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  1. marlingardener

    marlingardener Mighty Oak

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    Does anyone else plant orphans?
    I started Sungold cherry tomatoes from seed and ended up with about 18 plants. I managed to give 14 away, and wanted to plant two in our garden (Sungolds get really big and are very productive). That left two orphans. I tried to give them away--everyone either had one or didn't want a cherry tomato. They have been sitting in their pots for three weeks, unclaimed, unwanted, and gosh darn it, blossoming!
    This morning I gave up and put them in the garden on a make-shift trellis. Now I'll look for folks that want cherry tomatoes!
    Anyone else that just can't bear to toss a plant?
     
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  3. eileen

    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I can't even thin out the weakest seedlings without feeling that I'm murdering them. :rolleyes: I pot them on and then give them away to whoever wants them. So you see I have orphans too. I seem to have more than my share of them as I simply cannot throw them away.
     
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    EJ Allotmenteer Extraordinaire

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    I am the mad woman on our allotment site who is slowely but surely planting a full hedge of mixed currant bushes because everytime she prunes them, she sticks the stems in the ground and the darn things grow. I wouldn't mind, but the birds don't eat those currants and instead, break into my fruit cage, scoff them and then panic as they can't escape. :)

    I always sow way to many seeds and end up giving away plants. We do have a couple of spring plant sales which helps me reduce my orphans, but yes, I am always trying to squeeze a plant or 3 onto the allotment where there is absolutely no room. Problem is, after spending time and love growing them, we don't want to just chuck them on the compost heap.
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    I'm guilty too! Last year I had WAY too many cherry tomato plants. I gave as many away as I could and ended up squeezing the rest into my garden. It seems to be WAY easier to give away cherry tomato's then plants...
     



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  6. carolyn

    carolyn Strong Ash

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    Sungolds are excellent tomatoes. If nothing else donate the fruit to your local food bank.
    I do and can throw away plants when I feel they no longer have a chance in the garden to produce a crop for the season. I do try to give them away, to my neighbors, if I haven't sold them at one of my farmers markets by the middle of June (most gardens here, are planted by then)and my garden is full.
     
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    I always plant orphans. It is just too difficult for me to compost them without giving them a chance. I'll try to give away as much as I can but usually I end up planting them myself. Luckily the quantity is always very small and are mainly leafy veggies.

    For plants like okra, squash, gourds, egg plants ....., I only plant a single seed at a time because a single plant is enough for our needs. I'll always start a second plant before the first plant expire. I guess I am lucky I can plant all year round so timing is not a problem for me.
     

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