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Post  plantoid on 10/20/2013, 7:01 pm

I'm thinking of taking a couple of stem cuttings from some wild pollenated  beefsteak toms before I trash the rest of the plants when I do my final harvest of them  in the next week or so .


 I aim to try and keep the stems going over winter in a glass of water or two , if it gets too big  ,to take the youngest shoots with nodes on them as new clones of clones .


Have any of you done this with toms ?

Has anyone any thoughts or tips to share???

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Post  cheyannarach on 10/21/2013, 10:21 am

I haven't tried to over winter them but I have made new tomato plants by soaking the suckers in a glass of water and replanting them once the roots take off!  It amazes me how much more you can get from so many plants doing this!  Let me know how it goes!!

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Post  Marc Iverson on 10/21/2013, 12:57 pm

Sounds interesting. Maybe you could get a huge leap on spring planting that way, if they survive. I wonder how big they'll get if you keep them in all winter.

Makes me wonder, also, if carrying over disease from one year to the next could be a problem.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 10/21/2013, 2:57 pm

This is a great idea, David.  I think I want to join you as I have one beefsteak plant left awaiting the blushing of one remaining large fruit.  I love the flavor of them and unfortunately I didn't save any seeds as there are still a few seeds in the original store bought pack.  But this is a great way to get a jump in the season if it works.

Keep us updated and I'll do the same.

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Post  GWN on 10/23/2013, 12:20 pm

I would like to try this as well. I am trying very hard to keep something growing in the greenhouse all winter, so this could be a great experiment
I have in the past grown plants from cuttings in the summer.  Also I did this with Basil last year.
I cut off some shoots from a healthy outside plant and sprouted it in water then planted in a pot over the winter

I also did this with lemon grass and it was VERY successful Very Happy

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Post  plantoid on 10/23/2013, 1:08 pm

@Marc Iverson wrote:Sounds interesting.  Maybe you could get a huge leap on spring planting that way, if they survive.  I wonder how big they'll get if you keep them in all winter.

Makes me wonder, also, if carrying over disease from one year to the next could be a problem.
If they get so big that I can't get in the back bed room I'll take a chainsaw to them to get smaller cuttings  Laughing 

 I think if I take healthy cuttings from the glasshouse and as soon as possible take a new cutting or two from the one grown in the house it'll tend to leave any disease on the old cuttings behind.

 The big thing is to keep my bare hands off things and use a mild disinfectant solution on the latex gloves I'll be wearing.
 The blades I cut with will also be sterilised with the same clean solution. .

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Post  Marc Iverson on 10/23/2013, 7:17 pm

I guess gloves are a good idea. I'm always getting garden dirt under my nails no matter how short I keep them, and sometimes I wonder if I may be transferring bacteria and viruses all about.

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Post  llama momma on 10/24/2013, 8:13 am

I have a box of disposable non latex gloves.  Still don't like the feeling of sweating inside of them with wet prune like fingers afterwards, so I don't use them as often as I should.  Yet I understand there is a rather large load of nasty things in the soil.

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