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Propagating Your Tomato Plants - Part 1 & 2

You Get New Plants for Free

By John D. McCann

Opening Photo

Part 1

I read an article about propagating your tomato plants by removing the side-shoots that develop from the angle between the leaf stems and the main stem of the plant. Removing these side-shoots helps the main plant develop more fruit, but it also would give me more tomato plants FREE! I thought, why not try it and see if it works? I had nothing to lose, but everything to gain.

Side Shoots

The side-shoot is the small one between the main leaf stem and main stem.

This is how it works. The side-shoots develop from the angle between the main leaf stems and the main stem of the plant. These smaller side-shoots are the ones you remove. After you remove these side-shoots, you place them in a jar of water, and within a week they will develop roots. You then plant them in pots, and within 2-3 weeks they are ready to plant. This gives you more tomato plants from the ones you already have. I just had to try this

Here are some pictures of our experiment.

Side Shoots

Again, the smaller side-shoot is the one you remove by pinching off or cutting.

Side Shoots in Water Jars

These are the side-shoots after one week in the jars of water.

Roots Starting to Grow

This is a close-up of the roots that developed from the side of the shoots.

Preparing Pots

After a week, my wife Denise prepared the pots to plant the shoots.

Shoot and Pot

Each Shoot got its own pot.

Putting Shoot in Hole

The shoot is placed in a hole made with a finger.

Shoot Completely Potted

Shoot potted and in 2-3 weeks should be ready for planting.

5 Potted Shoots

All five shoots potted... The waiting begins...

Plants After 3 Weeks

After three weeks the plants are healthy and flowering.

Flowers after 3 weeks

A close-up of the flowers after three weeks.

Well, within three weeks the plants were doing well and began flowering. It is now time to go plant our new FREE tomato plants in the garden with the rest. These will be our late season tomatoes!

Part 2

Well, the new plants have really grown, and we now have late tomatoes (Which are right on time as our regular plants in the garden are just about done). Here are some pictures.

Planted Tomatoe Plants

The plants were placed in the ground.

Plants in Cages

Cages and straw were added.

Tomatoes in Cages

Tomatoes in Cages

The above two photos show some tomatoes already getting ripe!

More Tomatoes Coming

Here are some still green - Future Tomatoes!


Flowers still coming!

Just goes to show... The process does work! We really enjoy this type of thing.

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