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Don’t be fooled by gardening gimmicks that are too good to be true

There may have been instances where you’ve come across posts on social media or other websites about unique gardening gimmicks such as black roses, or grafting two unsuitable plants together. 

While these ideas may look cool, they aren’t exactly being honest and could lead to disappointing results. 

For example, the “pomato,” which is made from grafted potato and tomato plants, have caught the interest of many but it’s not a fairly new idea. The curiosity in grafting tomato plants onto potato roots has been around since, at least, the 1920s. 

Even if both crops are from the same family, creating a resource intensive structure such as the pomato that produces both roots and fruits can take up a lot of metabolic energy. If plants are attempting to do both, then their limited energies may split up and result in terrible yields. 

Moreover, there is the fact that crops tend to mature at different rates. If one is to harvest the potatoes in a pomato, then they would have to kill the plants possible before the tomatoes have ripened. 

Another gardening gimmick is having ornamentals bloom in uncommon shades. Black roses, for example, aren’t a natural phenomenon. The color is actually a deep red, going maroon, that’s altered by placing the stems in a water with ink or by burning the petals without actually damaging it.

Gardening gimmicks may come and go but what’s important is to be wary of whether or not it can be done naturally and if it can reap good results. That said, we shouldn’t stop experimenting. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a gimmick that might actually work! 

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