If you live in a zone with a long growing season, you might have the capacity to fit in two growing cycles for your tomato plants. Wouldn’t it be great not to start from seed the second time around? Or, on the other hand, if your growing season is almost finished, you don’t even have to prepare to have year-round tomatoes. Learn how to “clone” your tomato plant – start a whole new plant from the cutting of a current plant, youthful or old. Don’t lose time with seeds!
Why clone your tomato plant?
If your garden has turned out to be excessively swarmed, you may have to give up a new plant so as to spare the flourishing one. Cloning the plant is a decent option to just diminishing it. You’ll transplant a cutting some place that has more space, or even to a container. Read more about growing tomatoes in containers.
Cloning is likewise a good choice if you simply need to sidestep the 6-8 week time frame before tomato seedlings end up plainly transplantable. What’s more, obviously, it’s free! Tomato plants are especially simple to clone– indefinitely– because even their stem cells can turn into roots.
Hardly any materials are required. You’ll need clean, sharp gardening shears or a razor blade. You will be temporarily transplanting your tomato cutting to a vessel, so pick one that is around 4″ deep (transparent vessels work best, as you can see whether the root system has developed). You’ll likewise need to get some potting soil and rooting compound (optional).
Taking a tomato plant cutting
Cut your existing plant right where the branches come off the main stem in a “V” shape, which indicates new growth. Using your shears or razor blade, cut at a 45-degree angle. Veteran gardeners also scrape the bottom inch of the new cutting. If preferred, you can dip the clean, wetted root into rooting compound before burying in soil.
Rooting the tomato plant
When it comes to rooting, you have a few options: plant your cutting into a container loaded with potting soil and mist with water twice every day. If the soil dries out too quickly, cover the vessel with a plastic bag, which will hold dampness. Keep the container near sunlight (not direct) and in 2 weeks you can transplant the rooted cutting.
Or, then again, you can put your new cutting in a glass of water situated in a sunny spot. In 3-4 weeks, it will be rooted, so you can transplant it into soil.
Transplanting your new plant
Once your cutting has a root system, carefully transfer the contents of the vessel into a non-translucent container, since the roots are sensitive to direct sunlight. If the weather lets you, transplant your cutting outside in your garden bed or container. If you do pick a container, pick one no less than 12″ deep.
If the weather outside is bad, simply move the cutting to a larger indoor vessel. Indeed, even a red plastic cup will do. Inevitably, it should be planted in a significantly bigger container outside.