Growing Tomatoes From Side Shoots

When you grow tomato plants you will find plenty of side shoots coming off them, which are traditionally removed and thrown away.

However, these don’t have to be wasted and can be turned into new tomato plants. If it is later in the season then this technique won’t work because there isn’t the time for the tomato plant to mature, but early in the season this is a great way to get extra tomato plants.

I particularly like this technique for making more heritage or rare tomatoes. I bought some Black Russian tomato plants and they weren’t cheap so I only got two but I took the side shoots off and grew them on and ended up with about a dozen plants. The tomatoes from the side shoots tend to mature later in the season, but it does mean you get a nice late crop of tomatoes! You may benefit from keeping these in a greenhouse or on a windowsill so they get the heat they need to ripen.

It’s very easy to propagate these side shoots.

Firstly you need to choose a good sized side shoot and then very carefully pinch it off. I would recommend using scissors or secateurs but be very careful not to damage the main stem.

pinching off tomato shoots

Then you need to put the shoot in a glass or water on a sunny window sill and leave it for a few days.

growing tomato side shoots

When a good root system has established it can be removed from the glass of water and planted on.

Tomato Roots Close up

These are then planted on as normal.

Tomato Seedlings In Pot

Simple isn’t it?

Of course you are going to get a lot of these side shoots and it isn’t practical to grow them all on. Many of them you will simply discard but for expensive tomato varieties or if you realise you have some spare space this is a great way to get extra tomato plants.

Remember to check out my book on growing tomatoes for more practical tips on growing a fantastic crop at home – Growing Tomatoes – Your Guide To Growing Delicious Tomatoes At Home!


Growing Tomatoes – Your Guide To Growing Delicious Tomatoes At Home

growing tomato book coverTomatoes are one of the most popular crops for the home grower and “Growing Tomatoes – Your Guide To Growing Delicious Tomatoes At Home” is an in-depth guide teaching you everything you need to know to start growing this delicious fruit at home. When you grow your own tomatoes you will suddenly realize there are hundreds of different varieties, far more than the red and occasional yellow tomatoes seen in the shops. Plus there are many, many different colours, including black, white, orange, green and even multi-colored with a wide variety of textures and tastes. Not only that, but you can grow delicate tiny cherry tomatoes or giant beefsteak tomatoes too.

Imagine making a home-made salad with a rainbow of different colored tomatoes in it? Just how good would that look and taste?

Home grown tomatoes taste so much better than those you buy in the shops. You will honestly be surprised by how full of flavour they are when compared to the watery, artificially ripened tomatoes bought in the stores.

Growing your own tomatoes is not hard, these plants grow like crazy, but getting them to survive the growing season and produce a large crop can be tricky, unless you know the right techniques. As you read this book you will learn everything you need to know in order to start growing your own delicious tomatoes whilst avoiding the common mistakes people make that kill their plants. There really is nothing quite like being able to pick fresh produce from your garden to serve at the table; the taste is divine.

In “Growing Tomatoes – Your Guide To Growing Delicious Tomatoes At Home” you will discover:

    heirloom tomatoes

  • The Different Types of Tomato – find about the multitude of different tomatoes you can grow, many of which you will have never seen before but all of which are delicious!
  • The Best Soil Mix – understand the type of soil tomato plants need to thrive
  • Seedlings vs Seeds – learn why some people grow from seeds whilst others buy seedlings, and find out the benefits of each method plus learn how to save your seeds for the next growing season
  • Planting Tomatoes – everything you need to know to plant tomatoes from germinating seeds to transplanting seedlings and hardening off your plants
  • Caring For Your Plants – discover how to care for your plants to minimize pests and diseases and maximize your crop
  • Ripening Tomatoes – left with unripe tomatoes? Find out how to ripen them so you can still use them
  • Pests and Diseases – understand the different pests and diseases that affect tomato plants and how to reduce the risk of contracting them
  • Preserving and Storing Tomatoes – learn the different ways for storing your tomatoes so you can enjoy them throughout the colder months
  • Making Tomato Ketchup – a great way to store tomatoes with this simple to follow method to make your own delicious tomato sauce
  • Home-Made Tomato Recipes – some great recipes you will love to make from your fresh tomatoes

And much, much more.

This in-depth guide will teach you everything you need to know about tomatoes and successfully growing them at home. These are one of the best and most enjoyable crops to grow that can be grown in virtually any space and with this book you will learn everything about growing your own tomatoes.

Whether you are a beginner looking to get started growing tomatoes or a more experienced grower looking to get tips and advice, you will find what you are looking for in “Growing Tomatoes – Your Guide To Growing Delicious Tomatoes At Home”. Discover today how you can grow abundant crops of delicious tomatoes at home!

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