Growing Tomatoes From Cuttings

Did you know you can grow tomatoes from cuttings too?
Tomatoes belong to the nightshade plant family. There is a unique thing about nightshade plants: they grow roots along the stem, any stem.
You can snip the suckers off with your finger and there you have a cutting.
But a single leaf will do too. Just cut them gently off not to damage the plant.

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Frequently asked questions

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  3 questions
  • Leroy J. Moore Leroy J. Moore on Jun 19, 2017
    do tomato plants need a lot of water

  • Anna Anna on May 12, 2019

    Do you still put the stem in water to grow more roots before placing them in soil?

  • Mia Lugar Mia Lugar on Nov 05, 2020

    Anybody else have a problem with ants using your tomatoe roots as a nursery for their eggs> Mine looked sickly and were failing to thrive, so I gently pulled them up for a look. There was NO SOIL on the roots, only ant eggs (or larve ). UGG, And the ants were more near the bottom section of the soil.


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  • Carol Carol on May 19, 2019

    I have done for YEARS! Every fall I bring my tomatoes in so it lengthens the production season ( live in Denver). At this time I trim my tomatoes and always stick any cuttings from plants that produce good and succulent favorites in water. I rarely buy new plants .org seeds. Pot them up before spring and walla! Ready for spring repotting!

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    • Babs Babs on Jun 15, 2020

      You can also use soap shavings to put around like mulch. Especially like Irish spring has a noticeable scent.

  • C C on Feb 16, 2020

    The deer in my yard didn’t mind the hair nor the Irish spring soap nor the urine! They didn’t mind the burlap wrapped tightly around my evergreens and secured with a nail (woven thru burlap) either. They just pulled it all off.

    • Theda Kasner Theda Kasner on Apr 22, 2020

      Buy Milorganite at your Home Center, we buy it at Menard's Deer will not go near it. We have deer going thru our yard all the time and they always bypass anything we have scattered Milorganite on. It is a dry fertilizer.