Saturday, June 6, 2015

How to Grow Free Tomato Plants from Cuttings

Tomatoes are an interesting plant. They are notoriously difficult to grow from seed, but once you get them going they want to go. A curious property about tomatoes is that it any part of its stem system can become roots, meaning that you can theoretically snip off a tomato plant anywhere, put it in ideal conditions, and a new tomato plant will start growing.

So where is the best place to snip? The armpit. I don't know what this is called. I could look it up, but I won't. Basically, as you can see in the first photo, shoots will emerge from the armpit of a branch and the main stem. These shoots can be pinched off and collected in a cup of water until you start seeing a new root system emerge. After about a week, you'll be able to plant the new roots in moist soil and start a new tomato plant that will effectively emerge as a clone of your previous tomato plant and your garden will be full of tomato clones.