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How to grow tomato plants from cuttings

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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At its best
At its best

Plant is not at its best in January

Plant is not at its best in February

Plant is not at its best in March

Plant is not at its best in April

Plant is not at its best in May

Plant is not at its best in June

Plant is not at its best in July

Plant is not at its best in August

Plant is at its best in September

Plant is not at its best in October

Plant is not at its best in November

Plant is not at its best in December

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To do

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Do not To do in February

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Do not To do in November

Do not To do in December

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

Secateurs

A glass of water

A sunny windowsill

10cm pots

Good quality compost

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Total time:

Step 1

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

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Step 2

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

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Step 3

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

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Step 4

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

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