Last year I wrote this post on how to take tomato cuttings from a mature plant.
There’s another way I’ve tried…taking cuttings from a small seedling.
I usually sow three seeds in the one pot, just to make sure I get at least one seedling. All three germinated in this case:
I want to end up with the strongest seedling in the pot so I remove the two weaker ones. So I don’t disturb the roots of the one I’m keeping, I don’t pull the others out, just snip them off at the base.
Sometimes it hurts to waste a perfectly good seedling and since tomatoes are well-known for being able to grow new roots up the stem, I thought I’d see if it would happen with the seedling. You can see how small the stem is, compared to a match:
I used sieved potting mix as a cutting medium and made a hole with a bamboo skewer:
The end of the stem was dipped in rooting hormone and the cutting carefully placed in the hole and watered in:
I put the punnet inside a plastic container with a lid on, to keep the cutting in a humid atmosphere. A couple of weeks later and roots are appearing from the hole at the bottom:
I’ll move the seedling outside and let it grow on until it can be pulled gently out of the cell and I’ll either pot it into a larger pot or plant it out.