DID YOU LIKE TOMATOES? LET'S DO IT LIKE WITH FLOWERS - CUTTINGS!
When buying a new variety of tomatoes, you never know how much you will like its fruits.
It happens that tomatoes grow sweet and tasty, but there are very few of them on the bush.
But it happens the other way around - the bush is literally strewn with beautiful fruits and tasteless ones. But it happens that a new product pleases with its yield, taste, and resistance to disease.
And I really want to save the seeds, but this can only be done with varietal tomatoes. But what about hybrids whose seed packets say F1? There is a way out - let's take cuttings!
BASIC RULES FOR TOMATO CUTTINGS
- Cuttings can only be taken from healthy bushes that have not suffered from late blight or other diseases this season.
- Working period: from bushes in open ground - at the end of September, from greenhouses - in October.
- You need to cut off the tops (they are easiest to root). If there are few of them or none at all, cut off the stepsons (preferably the basal shoots).
- Remove the lower leaves, but be sure to leave the stumps.
- Let the sections dry for 10-15 minutes.
- Place the cuttings for 30 minutes in a pink solution of potassium permanganate so that the liquid covers the places of cuts and damage from the removed leaves.
- Then place the bunch in a glass of soft water without chlorine (rain or standing for two to three days).
- Once a week, add 5-10 drops of fertilizer for ornamental crops to the water with cuttings. As it evaporates, do not change, but add water.
- Make sure that the temperature on the windowsill is no higher than +20 degrees, and there is plenty of light.
In this form, the cuttings will stand for two to three months, and roots will appear on them. In January they need to be planted in separate pots. When dividing, try to protect the roots from injury.
A few weeks after transplanting, the cuttings will begin to produce many side shoots and grow leaves. Pinch out the side shoots. This way, by spring you will have strong, healthy seedlings. In May, plant bushes from cuttings along with the rest of the seedlings - and you will get a guaranteed harvest no worse than last summer.
Reference by topic: Propagation of tomatoes by cuttings - AN INTERESTING METHOD
TOMATO CUTTINGS - VIDEO
© Author: Andrey LOZOVOY, agronomist, author of the site Economy
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