How to Repair a Broken Tomato Plant

Overview

Tomato plants have been grown for culinary purposes since as early as 700 A.D. They were first grown by the Incas and Aztecs. Later, the fruit was introduced to Europe from Mexico. Tomatoes provide vitamin A and C. Tomatoes are traditionally grown indoors before they are planted outside. It's not unusual for a vine to break on tomato plants. However, you can still salvage your hard work by repairing vines that do break.

Step 1

Cut the newspaper into 3-inch strips with the scissors by starting at the top edge of the newspaper and cutting downward. Continue to cut strips until you have a small pile to work with.

Step 2

Fill the bowl with water. Dip one of the strips of newspaper into the water until it is soaked well.

Step 3

Tilt the section of vine that broke back into its original place. Wrap the wet strip of newspaper around the wound. Continue to wet strips of newspaper and wrap the wound until the broken vine seems secure.

Step 4

Loosely tie a piece of string around a section of the vine you mended and secure it to your tomato cage or trellis supports. Make sure the vine is leaning against the cage or trellis to help further support the broken branch. The stem will eventually form a scab and heal. The paper splint you made will loosen and biodegrade.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Bowl
  • String
  • Tomato cage or trellis

References

  • Enderby and District Garden Club: Down the Garden Path Newsletter
  • Arizona University: How to Grow Greenhouse Crops
  • Did You Know: Tomato is World's Most Popular Fruit
Keywords: growing tomatoes, troubleshooting tomatoes, tomato problems

About this Author

Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for more than 15 years. Coe has worked on environmental health and safety issues in communities across Ohio and Michigan. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University. She has also received training and experience as a nurse aide.