KEEPS ON KEEPING ON: Nita Child was surprised to find the plant growing out of concrete at the rear of her house.
KEEPS ON KEEPING ON: Nita Child was surprised to find the plant growing out of concrete at the rear of her house.

Hardy or wilful, it’s here to stay

WHEN Nita Child noticed a few leaves sprouting out from a crack in her concrete patio, she thought nothing of it.

That was until it blossomed into a 2.7m-tall tomato plant and is still on the way up.

Mrs Child is running out of ways to keep the plant, which is tied to her patio pillars with baling twine, upright.

She has no idea how it got there.

"We managed to get one stake into the crack to give it some support and we thought it wouldn't survive - but look at it!" Mrs Child said.

For two months she has been adding string, pipes and all sorts to keep the tree supported by the patio's shadecloth wall.

She's even had to put ornaments on the ground under the tree to take the weight of the fruit and keep the plant off the concrete.

"I've picked about six tomatoes off it, but it's got another 30 or so on it," Mrs Child said.

"And it's still flowering. I've never seen anything like it."

She said she was unsure just how big the plant would grow, but with the patio roof the limit, it was only a few centimetres off hitting it before it started spreading even further sideways.

"We'll just have to add more string!" she said.

Mrs Child waters the plant every day using a milk bottle, because a watering can just doesn't cut it when it comes to getting water into a 1cm wide space.



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