Vick’s Mystery

March 25, 2009

Last summer I bought a Vick’s Plant (Plectranthus purpuratus), an aromatic, tender, tropical perennial with medicinal qualities.  I wanted it because the succulent leaves smells like Vick’s VapoRub when you rub it between your fingers.  I planted it in the western flowerbed and brought it indoors in the fall.  Apparently, Vick’s plant is an easy houseplant that doesn’t require much watering, which is great for me.  Every weekend I dutifully watered it and it started to flourish:

I was quite impressed with myself as most of my indoor plants succumb to aphids or spider mites (I did have an outbreak of spider mites late last winter and, despite my best efforts, I was unable to save my brugmansia).  Looking closer at the Vick’s plant, I noticed something peculiar about the foliage:

There’s a tomato in my Vick’s!  Still can’t see it?

What the heck?  I have no idea how it got there, what type it is or how long it’s been steadily growing under my nose.  All I can say is that it’s a healthy, regular-leaf tomato plant that has spawned many questions.  Was there a stray seed that blew off my table and into the soil over the winter?  Did a bird drop a tomato into the general area of the Vick’s plant where it was growing outside last year?  Will the fruit of this tomato be tasty?

It has to be from one of the seeds that I grew last year.  I’m going to snip it out of the Vick’s plant and re-pot so that it’ll grow new roots.  I’m hoping that once it starts to fruit, I’ll be able to figure out which one it is.

It’s a Vick’s mystery!


8 Responses to “Vick’s Mystery”

  1. Victoria Says:

    Pretty sneaky tomato!

  2. David Says:

    I love it! Life will find a way… or in this case, tomatoes will find a way.
    I can’t wait to find out what kind of tomato it is.

  3. Dan Says:

    That’s pretty funny that it grew without being noticed until now. It will certainly be interesting to see what comes of it. I will have to tell my Mom about this vick’s plant, she uses that stuff all the time.

  4. Ah Vick’s tomato! Are you going to plant it out just to see what kind it is?

  5. Oops, yes you are. I get volunteer tomato plants everywhere in my garden and had a pepper seed reseed itself once in a plant that was overwintered.

  6. ceara08 Says:

    Your Vick’s plant is beautiful! Mine didn’t fare so well over the winter. All that’s left is a teeny tiny bit of green. I hope it recovers, because it’s such a nice aromatic plant.

    Did you get yours from Richter’s?

  7. Vick's lover Says:

    Once I was given a Vick’s plant; it lasted a long time, but eventually inexplicably croaked. I’ve always wanted another, but never knew where to find one. Would you have a suggestion? Thanks!

  8. Peggy Doll Says:

    I want to buy a Vicks plant.Where did you get your.
    Thank you
    Peggy Doll
    E.Canton ohio

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