Grow the Perfect Tomato Plant From Cuttings

Do you want year-round tomatoes without having to wait for your plant to sprout from seed? Here is an easy way to “clone” your tomato plant and expedite the process.

Grow the Perfect Tomato Plant From Cuttings


Cloning is a good option if you want to skip the 6-8 week wait period before tomato seedlings become transplantable. If you, or someone you know has a beautiful tomato plant, all you have to do is snip a stem off to start cloning.




You will need clean, sharp gardening shears or a razor blade. Once you have snipped part of the plant for cloning you will temporarily transplant the cutting into a container. It is important to choose a vessel that is about 4 inches deep. For this, transparent containers work best so you can see whether or not the root system has developed. It is also a good idea to pick up some potting soil and rooting compound.


Snip Snip


Cut your plant right where the branches grow off the main stem in a “V” shape, indicating new growth. Using your shears, cut your piece at a 45 degree angle. Try to snip a shoot that does not have any buds on it. Cut a stem that is approximately 8 inches long.




Place your cutting in a glass of water for a couple of hours and then plant it in a container filled with potting soil. Mist with water twice a day. If the soil dries out too easily, retain the moisture by covering the container with a plastic bag. Keep your cutting in indirect sunlight. Within 2 weeks you will be able to transplant your now-rooted cutting. Use a translucent container for this step. If you are worried about your cutting getting too much sunlight, you can place a basket over it.


If you have more time to wait, instead of putting your clone in soil, you can keep it under indirect sunlight in a glass of water. It will be rooted and ready for transplant within 3-4 weeks.




Once your clone has rooted, transfer the contents into a non-translucent container. Do this because the roots are sensitive to sunlight. If the weather is nice enough, transplant your clone directly into a garden bed.

Source: REALfarmacy

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