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How to grow tomato plants from cuttings

You will need

Established tomato plants

Secateurs

A glass of water

A sunny windowsill

10cm pots

Good quality compost

Do it: May - June
At its best: September
Takes just: 15 minutes to take cuttings

Overview

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.


How to do it

Growing tomatoes from cuttings: cut off unwanted side shoots

1

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.

Growing tomatoes from cuttings: wait for three to four weeks for the root system to develop

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

Growing tomatoes from cuttings: Plant into 10cm pots and grow on until well rooted

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



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elizabeth roberts 31/05/2013 at 22:48

I did this last year and just snapped off the side shoots with my fingers and put them straight into damp compost. They all rooted really well.

muddy mare 01/06/2013 at 06:35

good idea will have a go with that one thanks

Herby Lou 01/06/2013 at 22:03

Can I pot up the suckers to create more plants?

Craig Williamson 18/06/2013 at 17:29

What side shooys that aare not flowering lower down the plant or an actual side stem that has flowers attached????

lazy gardener 18/06/2013 at 17:38

Craig Williamson wrote (see)
What side shooys that aare not flowering lower down the plant or an actual side stem that has flowers attached????

The side shoots that you normally remove and discard.

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