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Sep 13, 2011 10:57 AM CST
|As the season begins to wind down try taking some cuttings of tomatoes to use for fall and winter.
You can place the plants into a greenhouse or under lights, I’m hoping to have fresh tomatoes for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.
Pick a healthy plant and snip off 3-4 stems on a larger stem.
Take a 16- or 20 oz soda bottle, cut off the bottom and slit it lengthwise.
Slip the bottle spout side down over the stem making sure it covers the snipped areas.
Place a piece of paper towel into the bottle down over the spout.
Use duct tape to hold bottle together.
Fill with soil less mix and water .
Keep watered check daily.
In 7-10 days snip off the main stem and carefully remove the bottle.
You should have roots growing from the nodes you snipped off.
Pot up the plants, keep watered and fertilized. Plants should have at least 10 hours of light per day. If placed into a greenhouse supplement with lighting.
In 8-10 weeks you should be able to harvest tomatoes
Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes. ~Author Unknown
Sep 13, 2011 11:36 AM CST
|That's a nice way of rooting your cuttings!
I've always just cut off some suckers and put them in water with a bit of rooting compound. There are tiny roots within a few days, and they get plopped into 1-gallon containers with soil then.
Sep 13, 2011 12:40 PM CST
|Great idea, Paul! We don't have a greenhouse yet, but I'm really looking forward to having one and having tomatoes in the middle of winter!!
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and caretaker of 90 acres and all that dwell there.
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