regeneration of broken tomato stem

catherinet(5 IN)June 27, 2007

Hi all,

I'm growing some veggies in big containers in my yard. I have a cherry tomato plant that was doing well, when half of it broke off. What a bummer. I decided to just stick the broken stem back in the soil, and make sure it was kept watered........and it survived! Makes me wonder if we can do this for all our tomatoes when they're younger?

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Sure, many of us root cuttings and/or suckers for additional plants all the time. ;) You'll find several posts here on the how-to for it.


    Bookmark   June 27, 2007 at 6:55PM
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adrianag(AL z7)

Rooting suckers (or broken branches) is a great way to propagate plants. If you want to start new plants for a late season harvest start some about 12 weeks before your last frost. It's quicker than starting from seeds, saving you at least 4-6 weeks.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2007 at 7:45PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Thanks Dave and adrian,
I'm sort of embarrassed that I've been growing maters for over 30 years and I didn't know this! Can't wait to grow more this way!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2007 at 8:19PM
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I was just doing this to a couple of stalks that I either cut off or they broke off.

Two that I put in a flower vase and forgot about for a week had a nice root system going so I planted them in a hanging basket to root some more.

Two others that I also kept in a shady spot didn't fare so well and ended up in the compost pile. Don't know why the difference but I have one purple variety of tomato that I am going to try this with.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2007 at 10:05AM
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