May the roof above us never fall in
And may we good companions beneath it never fall out.

~Irish blessing

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tomato propogating experiment

I read somewhere recently that if you remove a 'sucker' - the branches that sprout from between the laterals and main stem - and put it in potting mix, that it will strike roots and grow in to a new tomato plant.

I removed this one today from the Black Russian tomato plant that has been doing so well.

I will post the results :)

UPDATE: 5 days later. No wilting. Looking good.

UPDATE: 16/01/09 The cutting formed quite a decent rootball but never grew any bigger. Trial and error...


  1. Best ones are if you plant the seedling well down in the soil, so the shoot comes off below soil level. When you pull it off, it already has roots.

    I often get them like this because I prune my tommies by removing these shoots.

    Sometimes it helps to reduce the leaves a little bit when they first become independent.

  2. Thanks for the tip Linda! What amazing and thriving plants tomatoes are.