Re-Growing Your Tomatoes

comments (4) June 22nd, 2011

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yourownvictorygarden Greg Holdsworth, contributor
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Trimming off the extra plant.
...Then bury the stem.
Re-plant complete.
Round two.
Dig the trench.
Re-plant complete.
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When is growing something even better? When you can re-grow it without any (or little) effort on your part. I realize that I am probably preaching to the garden choir, but one of the great things about tomatoes is their ability to grow roots along any part of their stem that's exposed to the soil.

This "feature" becomes most important when they are much younger, at the transplant stage. Leggy tomato transplants can be fixed by planting the tomato deeper than it was in its prior container.

But what if the plant is already full grown? That feature still hasn't left. I'm currently taking advantage of this. I had a bed of tomatoes that needed to be cut back severely, but I didn't want to lose them entirely. So I jumped into my garden scrubs, grabbed my compost knife, and performed a surgical "tomato re-grow-ectomy".

Each plant that I needed to cut back had grown long enough that there were already new growths at the base of the plant. Since the plants had been laying down for the last few weeks, the main branches were already parallel with the ground. I simply went up the main branch far enough to include the new growths, as well as some extra that I could bury into the ground. The rest of the plant was cut off at that location.

The "new" plants are the size of large transplants, only they have a large root system intact. If these plants can remain healthy, I might be rewarded with a new crop of tomatoes in the Fall.

So, for whatever reason you need to (pest damage, garden layout changes, or a grass trimmer gone astray), tomatoes can be re-grown.

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Comments (4)

lesterneal32 writes: Good working process.
Posted: 6:19 am on October 15th
amitb writes: I believe that any plant in the tomato family has this attribute. I plant my peppers the same way that I plant tomatoes.
Posted: 3:00 pm on November 22nd
tesstie writes: Greg this is so obvious that I forgot all about it . Thanks for remining me! Any other Veg plants that we can do this with?
Posted: 8:55 am on June 25th
Drduhgylie writes: I do this with the sucker leaves I pull off. These are however too small to see anything at fall. I just stick them in a good top soil in a container and they live and put on new leaves.
Posted: 1:21 pm on June 24th
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