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Growing tomatoes from a tomato slice

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Growing tomatoes from a tomato slice

Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:12 pm

This february we decided to do an experiment with 4 slices of cherry tomatoes that we had in the fridge. Two slizes of red cherry tomatoes and two slizes of yellow cherry tomatoes. The red slices started to grow quite fast. They quickly turned into 31 (!) tomato plants. In may we started to get worried that the 31 tomatoes were taking over our home. A quick google taught us that tomatoes can be sterile, and we were afraid that our method would prove not to be reliable. However the plants looked happy and healty, and they started to show the first signs of turning into tomatoes in the end of may. Later in the summer, they gave us a lot of tomatoes to enjoy.

How i planted:
1. Cut the tomato into ~1cm thick slices (from a cherry tomato, I did one slice from each tomato - so kind of just cuting of the top and bottom)
2. Place soil in a pot or planter (se mine made from an old bottle below)
3. Place the slice/slices in the planter
4. Cover with about 1 cm of soil
5. Keep damp as it grows. I carefully separated the plants as they had started to grow, but you could also cut of all except of one plant to make that plant stronger and avoid getting to many plants.

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These Tomatoe Plant moved to one of my Mini Greenhouses and I had plenty of Tomatoes coming from them. :-)

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Re: Growing tomatoes from a tomato slice

Sat Dec 26, 2015 9:14 pm

Did you get both yellow and red tomatoes?
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Sat Dec 26, 2015 10:27 pm

I only got red tomatoes. And just one out of the two red tomato slices turned into tomatoes. It's amazing how 1 single slice of cherry tomato gave us 31 plants. In the end we got a couple of hundred tomatoes out of that one slice. 
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Re: Growing tomatoes from a tomato slice

Wed Jan 13, 2016 8:35 am

So how did you plant the tomato slices to make them grow?
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Re: Growing tomatoes from a tomato slice

Wed Jan 13, 2016 8:42 am

Good question! I did like this:

1. Cut the tomato into ~1cm thick slices (from a cherry tomato, I did one slice from each tomato - so kind of just cuting of the top and bottom)
2. Place soil in a pot or planter (se mine made from an old bottle below)
3. Place the slice/slices in the planter
4. Cover with about 1 cm of soil
5. Keep damp as it grows. I carefully separated the plants as they had started to grow, but you could also cut of all except of one plant to make that plant stronger and avoid getting to many plants.

I will update my original posting with this instruction aswell. Thanks! :)

It's really fun to follow the tomato plants growing from the slices.
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Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:51 am

And I just can't resist.. I'm growing Tomatoes from Tomato slices again this year. :) I will share the progress in this post: Starting tomatoes from a tomato slice - again
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Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:43 pm

How do you separate all the sprouting tomatoes?
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Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:53 pm

Ava R. wrote:How do you separate all the sprouting tomatoes?
I carefully pulled them apart, just using my fingers. The small seedlings were not that sensitive. I planted them a bit deeper when I gave them new pots to give them the chance to grow more roots from the stem. I planted one in each pot and they recovered fast. :-) 
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Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:39 pm

Im now trying this, with slices of cherry toms. How long would it take to see a normal growing sprout? I started this when I replied to you yesterday. I am really enjoying this blog, do you have anymore tips? I absolutely LOVE tomatoes and the plants. The fruit is amaz.
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Thu Jul 07, 2016 3:14 pm

Ava R. wrote:Im now trying this, with slices of cherry toms. How long would it take to see a normal growing sprout? I started this when I replied to you yesterday. I am really enjoying this blog, do you have anymore tips? I absolutely LOVE tomatoes and the plants. The fruit is amaz.
Great! They will probably show within three weeks. Anyone can start a topic on this Forum. I would love to follow your Tomato Project. If you want to share the process, just start a topic in the Grow Tomatoes Section.

I love to grow food. A nice vegetable that you can grow almost anywhere, like in a Container Garden, is a Hanging Basket Cucumber. I plan to make a post on that within a few days.


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Re: Growing tomatoes from a tomato slice

Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:00 pm

Do you grow other toms?
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Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:01 pm

How could I speed up the germination of the tom slice?
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Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:53 pm

Is the tomato supposed to mold?
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Sat Jul 09, 2016 12:28 pm

Ava R. wrote:Is the tomato supposed to mold?
Mine never did. Did you cover it up with soil?


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Re: Growing tomatoes from a tomato slice

Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:08 pm

Matbe not enough... I am using a cardboard tomato box, will that work?
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Sat Jul 09, 2016 3:49 pm

Ava R. wrote:Matbe not enough... I am using a cardboard tomato box, will that work?
It should work. Start a new topic and upload a picture so we can have a look.


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Re: Growing tomatoes from a tomato slice

Sat Jul 09, 2016 7:30 pm

It might be called
my Tomato Slices
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Re: Growing tomatoes from a tomato slice

Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:57 am

Are we supposed to water it before it shows any growth?


I am trying it Again....
:) :) :) :) :) :)
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Re: Growing tomatoes from a tomato slice

Wed Jul 13, 2016 3:09 pm

You should not water it every day, just keep an eye on it so it doesn't dry out.
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Wed Jul 13, 2016 11:34 pm

Ok thx
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Sun Jul 17, 2016 5:58 pm

My first one dried out.. starting again.
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Re: Growing tomatoes from a tomato slice

Sun Aug 07, 2016 7:40 pm

Amazingly easy. Fun too!!!
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Re: Growing tomatoes from a tomato slice

Wed Aug 10, 2016 6:48 am

Lovely to see that! :-)

For those of you that have not seen it - this is the link to Ava's Topic where she shares her Tomato Slice progress: Ava's Tomato Slices
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Re: Growing tomatoes from a tomato slice

Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:48 pm

Thanks Sanna!

:)
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