Aunt Ruby's (?) German Tomato -- too much, too soon

sunnyside1(z6/SW Mo.)April 1, 2009

What are the chances that my Aunt Ruby's tomato top will root in water? Anyone done this?

Jumped the gun buying her in mid-March. Sad tale of woe. Learned a lesson. It got too leggy, even after transplanting into a gallon milk jug.

Sunny

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Violet_Z6(6a)

It's always best to root in a potting mix. The developing roots require oxygen equally as much as nutrients and water. It will also transplant better.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2009 at 1:07AM
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sunnyside1(z6/SW Mo.)

Violet -- Okay. Would Jiffy Mix be good? Or perlite?

Thanks.
Sunny

I think it's Aunt Gertie's (?) How could I forget -- I once had a car named Gertie.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2009 at 8:17AM
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sunnyside1(z6/SW Mo.)

Well, heck. It's Aunt Ruby's, after all. Duh.

I cut it down to the top of the old container and buried the stem in Jiffy Mix in a deep McDonald's drink cup. It's "up to its eyeballs" in mix with a baggie on top in my kitchen window. This has been a real learning experience for me. It's good to know there is hope after they get too tall.

Sunny

    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 1:24PM
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Violet_Z6(6a)

A potting mix like Jiffy Mix is fine. Straight perlite doesn't have nutrients. Pull off some leaves to free up some nodes along the stem to insert below the soil line. Leave leaves at the top.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 9:36AM
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