Ask a Question forum→Roots growing from the stem?

Views: 265, Replies: 3 » Jump to the end
Sweden
Image
LetsGetPhil
Jun 4, 2020 12:10 PM CST
Hi,

I am quite new here. Been reading a lot of threads but never posted anything.
Here is my first contribution with a question.

I wanted to see what would happen if I put a tomatoe plant inside a sealed jar and just left if there.
Now it has started to grow roots directly out of the stem.

What is the reason/how can it happen?

Thumb of 2020-06-04/LetsGetPhil/8f8fad


Hope you are having a good day


Thumb of 2020-06-04/LetsGetPhil/20cf56


Thumb of 2020-06-04/LetsGetPhil/0cd940

[Last edited by LetsGetPhil - Jun 4, 2020 12:12 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #2262818 (1)
Name: sumire
Reno, Nevada (Zone 6a)
Image
sumire
Jun 4, 2020 1:54 PM CST
Welcome!
Tomatoes can root along their stems at nodes, or joints in the branches. You have managed to get the humidity and temperature correct to convince the tomato that it should form roots up there in the air.

Many gardeners take advantage of this habit by planting their tomato seedlings halfway into the ground so that significant stem is buried too. This would kill many plants, but it helps the tomato form a good rooting system.
www.sumiredesigns.com
Name: Lee-Roy
Bilzen, Belgium (Zone 8a)
Irises Lilies Hostas Ferns Composter Region: Belgium
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: Europe
Image
Arico
Jun 4, 2020 1:56 PM CST
Tomatoes are known to produce roots from the stem, that's why people plant them deeper once they're mature enough to be in their final location. More roots means a greater ability to take up water and nutrients.

Because the relative humidity in that jar is at a constant 100% it induces root growth.
Sweden
Image
LetsGetPhil
Jun 5, 2020 9:55 AM CST
sumire said: Welcome!
Tomatoes can root along their stems at nodes, or joints in the branches. You have managed to get the humidity and temperature correct to convince the tomato that it should form roots up there in the air.

Many gardeners take advantage of this habit by planting their tomato seedlings halfway into the ground so that significant stem is buried too. This would kill many plants, but it helps the tomato form a good rooting system.


Wow, I did not know this. Maybe I should start planting my tomato seedlings a bit further down in to the dirt. Thanks for the detailed answers! Smiling

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by Baja_Costero and is called "Astrophytum fuzz"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.