PROPAGATING YOUR TOMATO PLANTS

PropagatingYourTomatoPlants.OpeningPhotoI read an article about propagating your tomato plants by removing the side-shoots that develop from the angle between the leaf stems and the main stem of the plant. Removing these side-shoots helps the main plant develop more fruit, but it also would give me more tomato plants FREE! I thought, why not try it and see if it works? I had nothing to lose, but everything to gain.

Close-up_of_side_shootsThe side-shoot is the small one between the main leaf stem and main stem.

This is how it works. The side-shoots develop from the angle between the main leaf stems and the main stem of the plant. These smaller side-shoots are the ones you remove. After you remove these side-shoots, you place them in a jar of water, and within a week they will develop roots. You then plant them in pots, and within 2-3 weeks they are ready to plant. This gives you more tomato plants from the ones you already have. I just had to try this

Here are some pictures of our experiment.

Another_example_of_side_shootsAgain, the smaller side-shoot is the one you remove by pinching off or cutting.

Side_shoots_in_jars_of_waterThese are the side-shoots after one week in the jars of water.

Close-up_of_roots_in_jarThis is a close-up of the roots that developed from the side of the shoots.

Preparing_Pots_for_PlantingAfter a week, my wife Denise prepared the pots to plant the shoots.

Each_shoot_gets_its_own_potEach Shoot got its own pot.

Down_in_hole_made_with_fingerThe shoot is placed in a hole made with a finger.

Shoot_completely_pottedShoot potted and in 2-3 weeks should be ready for planting.

All_five_shoots_pottedAll five shoots potted… The waiting begins…

Plants_after_3_weeks.2After three weeks the plants are healthy and flowering.

Flowers_after_3_weeksA close-up of the flowers after three weeks.

Within three weeks the plants were doing well and began flowering. It was time to go plant our new FREE tomato plants in the garden with the rest. These will be our late season tomatoes!

Well, the new plants have really grown, and we now have late tomatoes (Which are right on time as our regular plants in the garden are just about done). Here are some pictures.

Planted_In_GroundThe plants were placed in the ground.

Plants_In_cagesCages and straw were added.

TomatoesInCage.1TomatoesInCage.2The above two photos show some tomatoes already getting ripe!

ManyMoreComingHere are some still green – Future Tomatoes!

FlowersStillComingFlowers still coming!

Just goes to show… The process does work! We really enjoy this type of thing.

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