Tomatoes love the sun. In drought years I’ve had stunning yields from different varieties in my garden because there is more sunlight on average per day. In years when we are blessed with above average rainfall, my tomatoes have not fared so well. Some seasons tomato plants will give great yields but others, well, your harvest can be disappointing, to say the least.
Take heart though. There are many varieties out there and a little research will help you find the best tomato varieties for the growing conditions in your region. Once you’ve established your favorites, start saving seeds or grow from cuttings.
Growing Tomatoes From Cuttings
Most home gardeners grow their tomatoes from commercially produced seed, but if you have a particular variety in your garden that suits your taste and your growing conditions, watch the video below on how to grow tomatoes from cuttings. You’ll get tips on this simple and sure way to reproduce your current crop.
Here’s a Quick Recap of How to Grow Tomatoes From Cuttings
- Select cuttings from the tissue at the top of your plants. Take two or three cuttings from each plant.
- Cut them about 4 to 6 inches.
- Use a separate pot for each cutting. If re-using plastic pots make sure to sterilize them first.
- Add potting soil to containers, then water it until damp. Use a good quality potting mix.
- Choose a cutting, then take off the bottom leaves. Slice the bottom of the cutting off with sharp knife or scissors.
- Make a deep hole in the potting mix – about 4 inches into the soil.
- Plant the cutting.
- Cover the pot with a plastic bag.
- Tie the rim of the container around with string to secure the bag.
THAT’S ALL THERE IS TO POTTING UP YOUR TOMATO CUTTINGS
Now do this:
- Watch the bags to check the moisture level.
- If condensation forms on the bag, make sure it’s not too wet. If you can’t see through the bag you have too much moisture. Open the bag and allow the pot to dry out.
- If no condensation forms on the bag just add more water.
- Once the moisture level is correct, no need to water again until the cutting has taken root – about 2 to 3 weeks.
TIP: Don’t leave your cuttings in direct sunlight – they will cook! find a nice bright spot in your garden or on your patio where there is light without the hot sun.
Grow Just About Anything From Cuttings
This procedure is not confined to growing tomatoes from cuttings. You can apply the same principles to just about anything, including ornamentals and house plants. It’s easy to do and requires very little outlay apart from good potting mix, so why not start to experiment.