Gardeners mау be familiar with starting nеw реrеnniаlѕ аnd ѕhrubѕ from сuttingѕ. The tоmаtо рlаnt, in particular, lеndѕ itѕеlf еаѕilу tо сutting рrораgаtiоn bесаuѕе even thе cells in itѕ ѕtеmѕ саn bесоmе rооtѕ.
Starting tomato рlаntѕ frоm сuttingѕ соmеѕ in handy whеn you’re perusing someone еlѕе’ѕ garden and thеу hаvе a раrtiсulаr tomato plant that you аdmirе. It аlѕо givеѕ уоu thе орроrtunitу оf buуing just a соuрlе оf рlаntѕ аnd thеn сrеаting few more fоr yourself frее оf charge. Cоntinuе reading tо lеаrn mоrе about this раrtiсulаr topic.
Today’s tutorial gives you a clue of what to do, what not to do and how to save your mistakes. The good news is you can see the process from cell pack to gallon pots. Thanks Tina!
When you plant your seeds in the cell packs put 2 seeds in the cell. If both germinate that’s great. If you put more than 2 in the cell you get something that looks like this.
Little too crowded. The plants are fighting for the little bit of nutrients that are in the soil (which really isn’t any because she used seed starting mix). I say “she” because this is a cell pack my neighbor planted.
It’s difficult to separate the plants without damaging the roots. I gently pulled them apart and was able to salvage 3-4 sprouts out of each cell. I picked the thickest stems and tossed the rest.
Hold the, now bare root, plant over the container you are going to pot it into and then gently place soil in the pot. Bury the plant up to the bottom of the green leaves. Yes, you want the stem deeper in the soil.
Water the plant in and in a week fertilize it with a good organic liquid fertilizer. Fertilize about ever 2 weeks. Use a diluted mixture of the fertilizer. In about 4-6 weeks the plants will be large enough to pot up to a gallon sized pot.
A plant that is ready to pot up to a gallon should have at least 4 true leaves, a strong sturdy stem and a developed root system.
I would have liked the roots to be a little more established, but they’ll do at this point. The roots are developed enough to mostly hold the soil ball together.
Place a small amount of soil in the bottom of the gallon container.
Place the plant in the container and again bury the plant deep in the container. Ideally up the bottom of the true leaves is best. The little leaves on the bottom of the plant are called cotyledons and aren’t really leaves. Sure they’re leafy, but you don’t need them.
Fill the pot up to the top and label them. Water them in and fertilize them a week later and every 2 weeks after that.