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Rooting Tomato Cuttings

by Mireille Bourgeois

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As an experiment, I decided that instead of throwing out my tomato cuttings, I would try to root them. I’d read on the glorious internet that this was a good way of getting some nice starter tomato plants. I  simply dropped the cutting into some water, put it under my grow light and waited. Low and behold, ROOTS.

It only took about two weeks or so. My other tomato plants are growing very tall and bushy indoors despite the pruning and some of the leaves are not happy, turning a bit crispy. I realized that at their maturity they should really be fertilized with rich compost, but this is difficult to work into tomato-planted milk containers.

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So for this tomato plant, I’ve decided to work in some compost from the beginning. I used triple mix with kelp and worked into peat moss and USED coffee grounds (I read that coffee grounds help repel pests when worked through the soil and help with slugs if sprinkled on the soil surface.

Then I planted it deeply, burying the majority of the stem and watered well. It’s a bit sad and limp right now but I figure it will perk up during the next week. If you’ve had success with this method, let me know!


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