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