How to grow tomato plants from cuttings

Do it:

May, Jun

Takes just:

15 minutes

At its best:


Taking cuttings from existing plants in your garden is a great way of getting plants for free. Cuttings can be propagated from many types of shrub, herbaceous plant and vegetable, including tomatoes.

You can increase your yield of tomatoes by taking cuttings from your tomato plants and growing them on. They will produce fruit slightly later than the more developed plants that you took the cuttings from, but this may even help to extend the fruiting season into the autumn when grown in a greenhouse.

During May and June, tomatoes often need their side shoots snipped off to help promote more growth the the main stem. Taking cuttings from tomatoes means that not only you can grow more tomato plants for free, but you can put your off-cuts to good use at the same time.

You will need

Established tomato plants


A glass of water

A sunny windowsill

10cm pots

Good quality compost


Cut off unwanted side shoots from plants, keeping those that are 10-20cm long.

Remove the lower leaves and place in a glass of water on a sunny windowsill.

Keep it filled with water and a strong root system should develop in three to four weeks.

Plant into 10cm pots and grow on until well rooted. New plants may fruit later this year.


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