By: Amy Grant
I love tomatoes and, like most gardeners, include them in my list of crops to plant. We usually start our own plants from seed with varied success. Recently, I came across a tomato propagation method that blew my mind with its simplicity. Of course, why wouldn’t it work? I’m talking about growing tomatoes from a tomato slice. Is it really possible to grow a tomato from sliced tomato fruit? Keep reading to find out if you can start plants from tomato slices.
Tomato slice propagation is a new one to me, but really, there are seeds in there, so why not? Of course, there is one thing to keep in mind: your tomatoes might be sterile. So you might get plants by planting tomato slices, but they may never beget fruit.
Still, if you have a couple of tomatoes that are going south, instead of throwing them out, a little experiment in tomato slice propagation should be order.
Growing tomatoes from a tomato slice is a really easy project, and the mystery of what may or may not come from it is part of the fun. You can use romas, beefsteaks, or even cherry tomatoes when planting tomato slices.
To begin, fill a pot or container with potting soil, almost to the top of the container. Slice the tomato into ¼ inch thick slices. Lay the tomato slices cut sides down in a circle around the pot, and lightly cover them with more potting soil. Don’t put too many slices in. Three or four slices per gallon pot is enough. Trust me, you are going to get plenty of tomato starts.
Water the pot of slicing tomatoes and keep it moist. The seeds should begin to germinate within 7-14 days. You will end up with upwards of 30-50 tomato seedlings. Select the strongest ones and transplant them to another pot in groups of four. After the four have grown a bit, select the 1 or 2 strongest and allow them to grow.
Voila, you have tomato plants!
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Propagation by seed takes 6 to 8 weeks but cuttings are ready for the garden in about 2 weeks. If you examine the stem on a tomato plant, you will notice tiny bumps that protrude all along the stem. When these bumps come into contact with soil, they grow into roots for the plant.
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Growing tomatoes from a tomato slice is a really easy project, and the mystery of what may or may not come from it is part of the fun. You can use romas, beefsteaks, or even cherry tomatoes when planting tomato slices. To begin, fill a pot or container with potting soil, almost to the top of the container.
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Do you want to grow a tomato plant (literally) from the ground up? Using just the healthy, ripe tomatoes you probably already have sitting in your fruit bowl, you can grow several unique tomato plants in your garden. By following some simple instructions, you can learn how to grow a tomato plant from seed, whether you choose to buy pre-packaged seeds or ferment your own.
During the cold, dark days of January and February, my mind turns to sunny, bright red tomatoes—for this is the time to start them indoors.
The growing season in most parts of the country isn’t long enough for gardeners to start these plants from seed outdoors. But you can start tomatoes indoors fairly easily, and in so doing, provide yourself a welcome reminder that spring will soon be on its way.
You can easily buy tomato plants from your local nursery, of course, but there are advantages to putting the time in to grow from seed yourself:
More choice in variety. There are hundreds of varieties of tomatoes. Garden centers, however, can only stock so many starter plants, and for obvious reasons, they’re usually the hardiest varieties. You can order seeds of less common and heirloom varieties by mail.
Less chance of disease. When you start seeds yourself, you control the environment, so there’s less opportunity for disease to spread to your tomatoes from other plants, as can happen in large greenhouses.
Cultivation of your favorites. When you find a variety you love that works well in your garden, you can keep a good thing going by saving your seeds from last year’s harvest. You’ll save money, and you’ll know exactly what you’re getting. Just remove the seeds from a tomato, rinse them, and let them air dry on a paper towel for a few days. Then seal the seeds in an envelope labeled with the variety, storing it in a cool, dark place until it’s time to start the seeds.
Tomato plants germinate and develop fairly quickly, so you should start your seeds approximately six to eight weeks before you’re ready to transplant outdoors. To start tomato plants indoors, you’ll need:
1. Prepare Your Containers. Dampen your potting soil and fill your containers until they are about one inch from the top.
2. Plant Your Seeds. With your pinky finger, poke two or three holes in the soil of each container. Drop a seed in each hole and lightly sprinkle with potting mix to cover. Lightly pat the soil over the seeds and if it’s not moist enough, spritz with water. Label the container or place a label in the soil, moving the container to the sunniest spot you’ve got.
3. Cover Your Seeds. You can create a greenhouse effect by wrapping your containers lightly with plastic wrap. Remove the wrap when your seedlings poke through the soil.
4. Care for Your Seedlings. Keep the soil moist and rotate your containers if the plants begin to bend in one direction or the other. Once your plants have a set of “true leaves”—usually it’s the second set—you can feed once a week with a liquid fertilizer diluted to half-strength.
5. Repot Your Seedlings. When your plants have at least two sets of true leaves and are about three inches tall, you can repot into larger container, making sure there is only one plant per container.
6. Harden. To ready your plants for the outdoors, you need to “harden” them with some wind and cooler temperatures. To accomplish this, put a fan on your plants for an hour a day or set them outside for an hour once temperatures reach above 50 degrees. Alternatively, you can jiggle your plants, or sweep them with your hand, as you pass by several times a day.
7. Transplant. Transplant seedlings outdoors once the danger of frost has passed and nighttime temperatures are consistently 50 degrees or above. If you plant your tomatoes all the way up to their first set of leaves, more roots will grow off that stem under the ground, making the plant sturdier.
There is something so satisfying about watching tomatoes mature after planting them from seed, and somehow they taste even better. One thing is for sure, though: You’ll hate having to buy tomatoes in the grocery store come autumn. But if you save some seeds from your harvest, you’ll have the excitement of starting a new crop again mid-winter.
It can take a lot of planning if you are starting from seeds.
This can eliminate the need and work involved in seed saving. Tomatoes are perennial. You can winter them indoors. The original tomato plant will live for years.
At the end of the season take a cutting from you favorite tomato plant. Plant the cutting in a container. The plant can grow indoors through the winter. In the spring start your new garden from the container tomato plant. To learn more about growing tomatoes indoors check out my article container tomatoes
The seeds in the fresh tomatoes are the same as the seeds you get from the packet. If you provide the right circumstances to seeds then they will turn into healthy and strong tomato plants.
It is not difficult to grow tomatoes from the slices of fresh tomatoes which you have at your home. In this method, you need fresh tomatoes. After taking healthy and fresh tomatoes, cut the tomatoes into slices.
Make a potting mix for the healthy development of the tomato plant take a pot and fill it with a high-quality potting mix.
A: For making the potting mix, you need 50% off of normal garden soil, 30% of organic compost, and 20% sand. With this proportion, you will create a perfect potting mixture for your tomato plants. Mix all the mentioned things properly.
B: Take a large pot that has drainage holes. Cover the bottom of the pot with stones or gravel. Now fill the tree-forth of the pot with a potting mix.
Place the slices of tomatoes on the surface of the soil but in a circular pattern.
C: After that, cover the slices with a potting mix. Remember, don’t bury the slices too deep in the soil.
D: Place your pot in a sunny spot where it gets at least 6 hours of sunlight and make it possible that the pot gets regular water so the germination of the seeds will do fast.
E: If you are placing the pot in the home then the temperature of the home should be 69-75 °F. When the soil temperature is at least 65 °F then you can transplant your seedlings outside.
F: Within two weeks you will see seeds in the slices will start to germinate, dozens of baby seedlings will start growing in the pot.
G: The new baby seedlings need bright light after germination, this will help to start the germination process quickly.
H: Examine the seedling very early and select those which are strongest and remove the weak ones.
I: Take strong seedlings and transplant them in pots. One strong seedling for one-pot is enough. The diameter of the pot should be 18 to 24 inches. The fuzzy white hairs on the seedlings will turn into roots so bury this part of the seedlings in the soil.
J: Tomatoes like to suck water from the soil so water generously keeps the soil moist. Water the seedlings regularly so they turn into healthy plants fast and you will get fresh and juicy tomatoes for your dishes.
K: As tomatoes are heavy so the plants can’t bear the fruit so it needs some support to grow upright. For this purpose, you can use tomato cages which are easily available at hardware stores. A cage should be placed over the plant in the pot when your plant is small. This should be done at an early stage so the cage will not damage the roots of the tomato plants.
L: Within one to two months, you will see little flowers which will turn into tomatoes.
Most gardeners are familiar with propagating flowers and shrubs by taking stem cuttings. Many of you may not think about using the same procedure to create more plants for the vegetable garden. By following the same basic steps you can create more plants in short order.
Most gardeners are familiar with propagating flowers and shrubs by taking stem cuttings. Many of you may not think about using the same procedure to create more plants for the vegetable garden. By following the same basic steps you can create more plants in short order
Have you ever visited a friend's or neighbor's garden and contracted tomato envy? This condition is when you see a variety of tomato that you must have but you're at a point in the growing season where there's not enough time to start a new plant from seed. The garden center has sold out of their transplants. Well. you can have that tomato plant. By taking a stem cutting you can have a plant ready to set out in your own garden within a couple of weeks. If it's an heirloom or open-pollinated plant you can save the seeds and produce the variety for years to come.
If the variety you yearn for happens to be a hybrid, cuttings are the only way that you can reproduce that particular plant. Hybrids will not grow true from their seeds they revert to one of the parent plants.
Tomatoes are easy to clone from stem cuttings because the cells in the stems will turn into roots.I like to us suckers as my source of cuttings.
A sucker is a stem that grows from the point where a fruit producing stem joins with the main stem.
There are several forms of medium in which to start your cuttings. I prefer Pearlite. It's is readily available and inexpensive. It is light and airy which allows the roots to receive plenty of oxygen. You can also use sand, vermiculite, or a seed starting mix. I use a plastic shoebox from the dollar store.
Here's a list of what you will need:
Several cuttings about 6 to 8-inch long
Box of moistened pearlite or other medium
Fill the shoebox with pearlite and add water to within ½ inch of the top. Let set for several hours and carefully pour off any excess water. The pearlite should be damp but not soaking wet.
Using a sharp knife or pruners cut off the sucker where it meets the main stem. If you are not going to place it in the medium right away place the cut end into several layers of damp paper towel. This will keep the cutting viable for several hours.
Dip the first inch or two of the cutting into the rooting hormone or honey.
Using the pencil or screwdriver make a hole in the pearlite and carefully insert the cutting.
Gently push the pearlite back around the stem.
Keep the medium moist but not soaking wet.
Keep the box in a warm sunny location.
In 10-14 days, gently pull the cutting form the pearlite. You should see substantial root growth.
Your new plants are ready to go out to the garden. Plant them as you would any transplant and keep well watered.