Broken tomato plant--can it be saved and is it worth trying?
My cat managed to break one of my Beefsteak plants about a half-inch above the soil line. I know it was her and not a pest-- I saw her out chasing the little lizards that hang out in that corner of the garden, and she got careless.
Anyway, I immediately put the broken plant in a glass of water mixed with a spoonful of weak compost tea so it wouldn't keel over until I decide what I ought to do. I have lots of Beefs and other varieties, so it's not a big loss if I can't save this plant, but I'd like to try just for the learning experience. I realize that tomatoes can root anywhere along their hairy stems but how much growing and production loss would this plant sustain, and is it worth the effort? The plant is about 15" tall, very green and pretty, and it is/was setting blossoms.
So-- what would you senior tomato-heads suggest for this junior tomato-head: try to save the plant, or just chalk it up as "one of those things" and move on?