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Post  cautery on 3/18/2013, 8:52 pm

Had a bunch of good size tomato cuttings available today from trimming 4ea 10" plants for the "laydown" method...

I took them straight from the razor blade cut and put them directly in a glass of NON-chlorinated water (supported by a foil top with small holes for cuttings). Wanted to make sure they got in the water quickly.

Question: Should I just try to get them to start rooting in the plain water, or should I move them to bottom watering vermiculite tomorrow?

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Post  camprn on 3/18/2013, 9:02 pm

Leave it in plain water and plant it in a few days! You're gonna have tomatoes everywhere! Very Happy

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Post  cautery on 3/18/2013, 10:03 pm

Thanks... So go straight from the water to Mel's mix?

Was a last minute deal... I'm thinking of putting up some of that rooting powder/hormone if they make that for tomatoes.... and if there is an appropriate water additive to try out...

Practicing to learn how to produce large quantities and multiple varieties. I'll likely end up giving these rooted cutting plants away as I think my four boxes will be full... Maybe I'll hang on to them just in case I lose some back row squares somewhere... I can container them outside...

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Post  camprn on 3/18/2013, 10:11 pm

No need to waste your money for powder to root tomatoes. If you look at a tomato stem, you can see all the little nubs. Those are root buds and will readily sprout if allowed to touch the earth or water.


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Post  Triciasgarden on 3/18/2013, 10:38 pm

I have started lots of house plants in water from cuttings. I would make sure you have leaves on your stems when you put them in water. I have not had any success with stems with no leaves. You don't need rooting compound with tomatoes. I haven't started tomatoes but from the type of stem they have, I think they would be quite easy to root in water. Let your tomatoes get some roots going, then I would put them in a pot of MM first to get them going that way. Before planting them outdoors you will need to harden them off.

If you put them directly in the garden I would think you would have to protect them from direct sun to harden them off. That is if the starts have not been in direct sun. You also need to keep the soil continually moist until roots form.

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Post  cautery on 3/18/2013, 11:02 pm

Scratch money-sucking toys from list... check. Wink

The cuttings I chose (8 of about 16 I trimmed) all have at least 4 leaves on them and a good 1.5-2.0" in the water.

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Post  jazzycat on 3/18/2013, 11:22 pm

I didn't know you could that with tomato plants. Good to know. Very Happy

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Post  yolos on 3/18/2013, 11:24 pm

Here are my tomato suckers that I put in water (no rooting compound). After about one to two weeks in the glasses kept on a sunny porch, I observed many roots growing. I then planted them in pots of mels mix and kept them sheltered and moist for two weeks, then planted them out in the garden at the end of July. Every cutting succesfully became a nice tomato plant that provided me with late tomatoes . My early summer crop gave out in the heat so this second planting worked out nice for me as the temperature in August starts to moderate a little.


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Post  cheyannarach on 3/19/2013, 12:07 pm

I did this successfully last year! Worked like a charm! Have fun and happy planting!

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/19/2013, 12:15 pm

I couldn't bare to throw out any of my really healthy looking suckers so I stuck them right into the MM next to the parent plant. When I ran out of space in the tomato box, I started in on the box next to it, then onto the ground at the edge of the perennial garden, then into the squash squares. It was crazy! Since most of them grew there were tomatoes everywhere! Never thought to put them in water first.

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Post  FamilyGardening on 3/19/2013, 12:25 pm

we tried it last year too....put them in water first until lots of roots and then planted them....worked great Very Happy

happy gardening and keep us posted on how it goes Very Happy
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Rooting Report....

Post  cautery on 3/24/2013, 3:02 pm

Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but my rooting in water deal ain't working out so well.

6 Days into the deal (yesterday) with the cuttings in sweet well water, under 16 hours/day grow light, and on a warming platform set for 80 degrees.... not one hint of a root sprout.

All I was seeing is the slow yellowing of the leaves... (lack of nitrogen supply?) Anyway, I decided to try and save some of them, so I picked the best half and planted them in Mel's Mix... Kept the others as a "control" group.

Here are a couple of pix... don't know if any of them will survive...

Still in the glass... destined for the compost heap.



In the Mel's Mix... May be wishful thinking, but I THINK a couple of them look better today...


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Post  camprn on 3/24/2013, 3:54 pm

OOOOOOoooooooh, I see the problem! These look like they are leaf stems and not cuttings of main vines or suckers.... These in your photos will most likely just rot in the jar.

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Post  cautery on 3/24/2013, 4:02 pm

@camprn wrote:OOOOOOoooooooh, I see the problem! These look like they are leaf stems and not cuttings of main vines or suckers.... These in your photos will most likely just rot in the jar.

Alrighty then... They are in fact leaf stems... I stripped them so I could lay the main stem/vine down for planting.... There WERE some very small suckers at the "Y" of some of these branches, but I discarded them... Sad

So... leaf stems won't work? Has to be the main vine and/or a sucker?

Learn something new every day I guess...

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Post  southern gardener on 3/24/2013, 4:12 pm

@camprn wrote:OOOOOOoooooooh, I see the problem! These look like they are leaf stems and not cuttings of main vines or suckers.... These in your photos will most likely just rot in the jar.

I agree with camp...those look like leaf stems. In your first photo, a couple look like "suckers"...it looks like a couple of blossoms? Hard to see. If they are in fact leaf stems, they won't do anything. The suckers will tho. I grew lots of tomatoes last year from suckers, and gave lots of plants away that did really well. Good luck!!

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Post  cautery on 4/7/2013, 5:22 pm

So, of course all of the cuttings I tried on the first go-round are long dead and gone, but I did the first (partial) pruning of my 4 Beefsteak Tomatoes today.

From the ground up, I took off all the suckers EXCEPT for the first one below the first fruiting branch (I've decided to train two vines per plant since they have 8-10" sub-surface stem to make a large root-ball).

I ran a test... I took the 4 largest suckers and put 2 directly in well-watered MM, and the other two in a shallow dish of water on the grow station. Withing 2 hours, the MM cuttings were well-wilted and I think will be gone in 24-48 hours. The two in the water are still perky and crisp.

Hopefully I will get some rooting this time. Smile

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Post  cheyannarach on 4/7/2013, 9:52 pm

I put mine in a bucket of just water last year and waited a few days for the roots to grow then planted them with success! It should work! Very Happy

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Post  H_TX_2 on 3/14/2014, 4:49 pm

Does anyone know how long a tomato cutting can survive in water before it is planted in some type of growing medium? If you take a tomato cutting and put it in water and occasionally change out the water with fresh water and provided some kind of nutrition in the water could you keep a tomato cutting over winter indoors?

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Post  camprn on 3/14/2014, 5:29 pm

Several weeks or more.

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Post  GWN on 3/14/2014, 5:41 pm

I took cuttings off my tomato plants that were in greenhouse in December, when I shut the heat off, I kept them in water for quite awhile, then a month or so ago, I planted them in potting mix in a very large pot and now I have flowers.....soon to be tomatoes

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/14/2014, 7:15 pm

@GWN wrote:I took cuttings off my tomato plants that were in greenhouse in December, when I shut the heat off, I kept them in water for quite awhile, then a month or so ago, I planted them in potting mix in a very large pot and now I have flowers.....soon to be tomatoes
wow! You are so clever and resourceful! When will you be planting them outside?

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Post  Marc Iverson on 3/15/2014, 1:32 am

So you're going to have a second year of crops off the same tomato plant? Outstanding! Would love to try that, but we don't have any available sunny rooms in winter.

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Post  Goosegirl on 3/15/2014, 11:29 am

@GWN wrote:I took cuttings off my tomato plants that were in greenhouse in December, when I shut the heat off, I kept them in water for quite awhile, then a month or so ago, I planted them in potting mix in a very large pot and now I have flowers.....soon to be tomatoes

  

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Post  Turan on 3/15/2014, 1:43 pm

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@GWN wrote:I took cuttings off my tomato plants that were in greenhouse in December, when I shut the heat off, I kept them in water for quite awhile, then a month or so ago, I planted them in potting mix in a very large pot and now I have flowers.....soon to be tomatoes

  

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Post  plantoid on 3/15/2014, 5:42 pm

@H_TX_2 wrote:Does anyone know how long a tomato cutting can survive in water before it is planted in some type of growing medium? If you take a tomato cutting and put it in water and occasionally change out the water with fresh water and provided some kind of nutrition in the water could you keep a tomato cutting over winter indoors?


 Last year I tried to bring a couple of growth tip cuttings through over winter from late September or early October to put in pots in the heated glass house around this time this year .

 They lasted well into winter till one night I left them on the cold window cill where the overnight temp dropped to well below the magical 50 oF that tomatoes survive at .   Over the next 10 days or so a little bit more of the new growth died off each day . I tried trimming off all damaged growth with a sterile scalpel but they were too far gone by that time.


 I didn't use any thing other than clean water and one drop of BABY BIO at one drop to 1/2 pint of clean room tempo water in a new clean washed rinsed and dried jar to transfer the refreshed plants to every week to ten days  after rinsing the plant root area under a running cold water for a couple of seconds. to remove any slime build up .

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