How to Make a Tomato Clone

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Making a tomato clone begins with finding a tomato plant you really like. Make a tomato clone with help from a garden teacher and expert in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Jessica Craven. I'm a master gardener and I have my certification in permaculture design. Today, we're going to talk about cloning tomatoes. The first step is to find a tomato plant that you really like, your favorite tomatoes, sweetest tomatoes, juiciest tomatoes. And by cloning it, we're going to extend your growing season of that particular tomato. So, this plant here, very healthy, nice strong stock. At this point where there is a V, I've selected this stock here. I'm going to cut it, ideally not straight. You can cut it straight, but a good forty five to ninety degree angle, you're going to cut it and then for the next minimum of six inches up to a foot, you're going to remove all the stocks, each stock of leaf, so basically it's just a naked stem. And then, you're going to plant this whole segment under at least two inches of dirt. You want to make certain that the soil or dirt you planted it in is very moist. This entire segment that you planted down, is basically going to be establishing roots. You're going to need to water it, two to three times a day. You're going to want to keep it nice and moist so that roots can establish from this stock here. After you've planted, you'll notice that immediately the plant will get very wilty. One thing that you'll want to do is remove extra tomatoes that are on there because the plant is going to need to have the energy going to grow roots, not to try to develop the fruit. If there is flowers on it, that's fine. You can leave the flowers. If there are a lot of flowers, you probably want to remove some of the flowers, so that the energy of the plant can go to developing the roots and it can go to developing the foliage and continue to grow upright. So, I hope you enjoy these tips on growing your clone favorite tomatoes.

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