Free Tomato plants: Rooting Tomatoes For An Extended Harvest
By Renea Winchester
For those who were lucky enough to get their tomatoes planted early vine ripened tomatoes are here (or almost here). However, in a blink those tomatoes will be gone which is why I encourage ya’ll to root some sucker branches to ensure a harvest right up until frost.
As luck would have it, I broke the top off of my tallest–over fertilized–tomato while trying to stake it. Never fear, I placed the broken plant into a jar of water. Less than a week has passed, take a look at the roots that have emerged!
I didn’t add root stimulator. I didn’t use purified water. One plant, tap water and wait.
Don’t you love it? A free tomato plant in less than seven days!
The next step is to dig a very deep hole for this plant. Since the weather is much hotter now, I must plant deep in order for the tomato to survive. I will remove the stalk that has blooms on it, and bury the plant four inches deep. Then I’ll add shredded newspaper into the hole, water the newspaper, add a layer of dirt, and another layer of newspaper. Water again then add pine mulch and water again. I know this is a lot of water, but remember, it has been living in a jar of water for almost a week.
I hereby promise will not apply fertilizer for a while. At least I’ll try not to fertilize. I have already admitted this is a weakness.
So my gardening friends, the proof is in the jar. Happy gardening and remember, keep those hands dirty.