Tomato from cuttings

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  1. lurnin2farm

    lurnin2farm Well-Known Member

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    Anyone ever done this with a favorite Tomato plant? I bought a few romas from lowes this year and one is 3 times the size of the others and the fruits are twice as big as I am getting off of the others. It is a hybrid so I cant save seed from it but though I could take cuttings and over the winter make as many as I will need for next year and just grow out that one type of roma.
    How long could you keep a plant like that going? Years? I have to bring it in in the winter, would it do ok in a south facing window or do I need a light?
     
  2. MichaelK!

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    Theoretically, forever, assuming you don't screw up somewhere. You can take cuttings just before your first expected frost and let them root in water. In two-three weeks the cutting will have produced enough roots to pot in soil.

    Your potted cutting will be long and gangly overwintering without much light. You can bring them outside to harden off on warmer winter days so they can get some full sunlight.
     
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  3. chickenista

    chickenista Original recipe! Supporter

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    Yep... I do this every year. (for the most part)
    It will either need a light, or you will have to be very vigilant in your care of the cuttings.
     
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    Where do you take cuttings from? The branches? How long or how much of the cutting should there be?
     
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    Find a nice "sucker" about 4-6" long. Cut off with razor. Stick in wet sterile media. Place in "bright" shade. Move into partial sun after about a week. Increase sun after a couple days. If wilts up back up in the sun exposure. (or water:))

    Once you have your stringy plant inside you can prune it back leaving a lateral as a new leader. Plenty of work in a far N climate.
     
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    chickenista Original recipe! Supporter

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    We grow a 'mother' plant over the winter and take cuttings from it to root out for spring. Beats the heck out of starting seeds.
    Though I still start seeds if I want to try a new variety.
     
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    Dumb question: Can this be done with a pepper plant?
     
  8. lurnin2farm

    lurnin2farm Well-Known Member

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    How big does your mother plant get Chickenista? How many cuttings can you take off of her by spring?
     
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    chickenista Original recipe! Supporter

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    Sigh.. they can get impressively large. I try to keep good light on them so they don't feel the need to stretch out.
    And you can get a whole bunch.. especially if you are going to completely cannibalize the mothers.
    You can just keep cutting down the length of the vine and as long as you have a set of leaves on the part you are rooting, you can take the mothers all the way to the ground.
    Or you can take one set of cuttings and let them grown and them cut them in half or take more cuttings from them etc...
    Tomatoes are VERY forgiving and easy to root...
     
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    this year I took off some early suckers from the ones outside and I stuck em in the ground, they are doing just fine with only a tad extra water then the parents (we are in a drought after all) to get them going.
     
  11. Yes it can. As I understand it, "cloned" pepper plants are more likely to survive than potted up seeds. I rarely have a tomato seed that doesn't germinate, but my germination rate for peppers is horrible.

    I found a link for you, too.
    How to Clone Pepper Plants | Garden Guides
     
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  12. Steve in PA

    Steve in PA Plotting My Escape

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    I remember reading somewhere that peppers are actually perrenials and that given the right conditions don't die. They even showed a pepper "bush" that was several years old.
     
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    Pepper plants grown in a pot or warmer climate can and do grow year round.
     
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    I usually take my tomato cuttings, pot them up and move them to the shade to root. This year, right at the beginning of the drought, I was pruning some suckers off of the tomato plants and decided to just stick them right into the row. I wasn't too worried about losing any.

    We had nothing but heat from then on. Those little guys flopped over for several days at high noon and bounced right back every evening with a good watering. Every single one of them are now several feet tall covered with tomatoes. You can't beat free plants or free food for that matter. :)
     
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    I bought a "Patio" tomato at Lowe's last year for the express purpose of trying to clone plants that might produce tomatoes over the winter in our south-facing windows. I took suckers as previously described and stuck them into new potting mix filled cups that had drainage holes drilled into them. I kept those in a clear plastic container to maintain moisture. When they struck roots, I potted them into 2-3 gal pots and used some el cheapo tomato cages to hold them upright when they got leggy. Occasionally I'd shake them to mimic the wind blowing to help pollination and while we didn't have tomatoes every night, the ones we did get beat what was available at the grocery all to pieces. This spring, I started a new batch of suckers to raise outdoors in pots as soon as the weather allowed in hopes they would start producing before the garden tomatoes. I wasn't disappointed.
     
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    I just learned something new, so let me get this straight, because I want to try it!

    So you basically take the suckers from a tomato plant (which I prune all the time but up to now I threw them away), and stick them in a small pot so they can develop roots, and keep inside for the winter and then transplant in the garden the following year? Is that it? How tall does it get during the winter? Just asking so I know how big of pots I should start collecting.

    Ifi
     
  18. lurnin2farm

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    I think the plants will flower and produce tomatos in the winter so you will need to take cuts during the winter to use for spring planting. I dont know if there's a way to keep them from producing fruit in the winter. Maybe keep a light on them?
     
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    This wont work if you try it using a determinate tho, correct?
     
  20. MOgal

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    Quote Ifistav:
    "and keep inside for the winter and then transplant in the garden the following year? Is that it? How tall does it get during the winter?"

    Even a small tomato like the Patio got pretty leggy, like maybe the height of the cage then flopped over to a total of 4'. By the end of winter, they were far too large to try to transplant outdoors. Starting in late March, I started taking cuttings to root and they stayed small until I moved them outside to a protected spot in late April/early May. Those are still small outdoors, about 15" high as it's bred to produce in a container. I think mine are in 2-3 gal pots.

    Lurnin2farm said:
    "I think the plants will flower and produce tomatos in the winter so you will need to take cuts during the winter to use for spring planting. I dont know if there's a way to keep them from producing fruit in the winter. Maybe keep a light on them?"


    I took my cuttings in late winter/early spring but haven't messed with planting the Patio tomatoes in the open ground, always grew them in a container. I have kept regular tomato varieties alive in the house over winter because I had lost the seed them. Successfully cloned new plants the next spring that I did plant in the open garden. As far as getting them to produce fruit, either shake the plants before the buds open or are just barely open to facilitate pollination. I didn't provide any extra light, just from that south facing window.

    akaRach asked:
    "This wont work if you try it using a determinate tho, correct?"

    Nope, it works just fine with both determinate or indeterminate plant. Both will require some support but the indeterminate will require more.