Cutting for tomato

habman(5B CND)June 27, 2007

If I use a cutting from a tomato plant will the new tomato plant be smaller?

I've heard people do this with hot pepper plants and claim after the 4th or so generation cutting, the new plant stays very small and produce some fruits.

I posted this in the tomato forum but no one seems to know.

I want small tomato plant to grow inside this winter.

thanks

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georgez5il(z5 IL)

The plant may be kept "small" by pinching etc.... start with a patio (determinate type) tomato....
There are also chenicals that will shorten the internode spacing resulting in a "smaller" plant.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2007 at 6:23PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i have no background to give you the science...

but my gut says that a rooted cutting of a plant... IS EXACTLY THE SAME PLANT.... there can be no genetic degradation in any sense ...

so how can 4 subsequent cuttings off off 3 subsequent generations have lost some genetic vigor????

maybe they should try growing them in a new location ... perhaps the problem is related to growing tomatoes in the same location for multiple generations.. in other words.. lack of crop rotation ... that guess is as possible as the other..

but as i said.. its just gut comments.....

good luck

ken

    Bookmark   June 28, 2007 at 12:23PM
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habman(5B CND)

That's what I was thinking also.
A cutting should look exactly like the parent.
I've search the net but could not find any info on cuttings resulting in smaller plants.
I started some cutting with an indeterminate brandywine tomato.
I guess I will see the results by March.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2007 at 12:24AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

no ...

i know it might be hard.. but try to wrap your head around this:

IT IS THE SAME PLANT ....

not as you say 'looks like the same plant' ...

if you root a piece... how can it be any different????

if you grew the seeds from a given plant .... it would be a 'cross' between the mother and father plant... and even if it did look the same .... it probably isn't ...

do you see the difference?

of course this is leaving out happenstance genetic mutation of branches which might inadvertently be selected for rooting ... i don't know if tomato does that though ...

ken

    Bookmark   June 29, 2007 at 8:35AM
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