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Can I start a new plant from a cut tomato branch?

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by buyologist on June 26, 2006 02:09 PM
Hello, I planted a tomato plant for the first time a few weeks ago. I read that I should get one of those metal contraptions that holds up the branches so I put that around the plant. Well, the plant has grown in our hot, California sun but today I accidentally snaped off a branch while trying to coax it into the metal holder. My question is this: Can I put the branch in the ground to grow a new tomato plant? It is currenly in my house in a glass of water. There are yellow flowers on it, which I know means there would have been tomatoes on this branch. Thank you.
by rubberbandman on June 26, 2006 02:21 PM
I too would like to know this.

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by markr on June 26, 2006 02:24 PM
yeah if its a side shoot you can plant it and it should grow!
i would take off the flowers as well, then pot it up and place it in the shade until you see new growth, then place in the sun and grow on.

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by Sorellina on June 26, 2006 03:09 PM
Ciao all,

Some people have good luck planting the sucker straight away into soil, but some people like myself pretty much suck at doing that, but are pretty well at 100% success rate in putting them in a glass of water until they sprout roots, and THEN putting them in soil, adding a bit of diluted blue stuff to get their roots a healthy head start in their new home.

Buona fortuna,

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by weezie13 on June 26, 2006 04:36 PM
For me, I've had branches break off...
and I am basically an organic home gardener..
but for something of that nature I do use a
liquid 10~60~10 fertilizer for foliar feeding of the branch until it can produce enough roots of it's own to feed it'self...

I keep the soil moist, not soggy, but moist...
a good watering of the liquid the first day..
then foliar feed a bunch of days after...

Please keep us posted on how you make out,
We loveeeeee to hear updates, good or bad....

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by johnCT on June 27, 2006 12:35 AM
It should root. Tomato plants easily root from cuttings. I would certainly pinch the flower truss off though.

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by obywan59 on June 27, 2006 08:09 AM
I've had great success planting tomato branches directly in the garden in full sun when I place a cut-off 1 gallon milk jug over them and water once. The milk jug keeps the humidity high around the "plant". Bury them up to just below the top cluster of leaves and new roots will form all along the buried stem.

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May the force be with you
by buyologist on June 27, 2006 01:31 PM
Wow, thank you everyone for all the replies. Another question: If I decide to keep it in water (instead of taking it out and planting it directly in the ground) how long will it take before I see roots? Also, some of you mentioned taking off the yellow flowers. What does that do? I guess all hope is lost of having tomatoes grow out of them!
by Sorellina on June 27, 2006 02:35 PM
It takes about a week or so for suckers to form enough of a root mass to take off once they're in the ground. I let the roots grow to about an inch and there should be several. What you don't want is one of those really long roots that act like a man starting to bald so he combs over these couple of long hairs he's still got. You want more roots so there's more moisture uptake by the plant. Taking the flowers off a sucker allows the plant to focus all of its energy into forming new roots and getting itself over the shock of new transplanting. Give your new transplant a fertilizer that is heavily weighted on the phosphorus, the middle number. Phosphorus is good for new root growth. Fertilizers are always organized in this order: Nitrogen (N): Phosphorus (P): Potassium (K).

Buona fortuna,

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