How to Grow Tomatoes From Cuttings

Overview

Growing tomatoes from cuttings is an economical and fast way to produce plants for your home garden. Starting tomatoes from seed takes six to eight weeks, while plants from cuttings can be propagated in two weeks for the cost of a starter plant. Tomatoes are easy to root. As long as the rooting medium is kept moist, success is almost guaranteed.

Step 1

Dampen the potting soil or sand and fill the small pots or cups with it.

Step 2

Cut 4- to 6-inch pieces off the tomato plant using clean sharp scissors. Suckers and stem tips do best.

Step 3

Remove any flowers or buds from the cutting and trim off the bottom leaves, leaving only the two top leaves on each cutting.

Step 4

Use a small twig, dowel or pencil to punch a hole in the prepared soil. The exposed stem should be buried, leaving a small stem and two leaves above ground.

Step 5

Place the stem of the cutting into the hole and firm up the soil around the cutting.

Step 6

Put the cuttings in a warm place where they will receive indirect sun. Keep the soil moist.

Step 7

Move the new plants outdoors into the sun for part of the day after about a week. Increase exposure daily until the plants are staying outside for the entire day. This can be done over the course of a week.

Step 8

Transplant the tomatoes to your garden or container. Keep them watered well, but not wet, until the plants are established in the garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Tomato plant
  • Clean scissors
  • Small clean pots or large cups
  • Potting soil or sand
  • Pencil, twig or small dowel

References

  • Vegetable Gardener: How to Start Tomato Plants from Cuttings
  • Texas A&M: How to Grow the Tomato
Keywords: tomato propagation, tomatoes from cuttings, rooting tomatoes

About this Author

Diane Watkins has been writing since 1984, with experience in newspaper, newsletter and web content. She writes two electronic newsletters and content around the web. Watkins has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Clemson University. She has taken graduate courses in biochemistry and education.