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Post  countrynaturals on 2/10/2020, 1:58 pm

Last fall I brought in a container of Super Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes. I had them in front of the master bedroom south-facing slider, under full-spectrum LED plant lights, but our winter was too dark, the plant was too big, and I didn't have enough lights.

On January 23, I chopped it down, but it still had some nice green branches, so I saved them for cuttings.
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I always take cuttings about 6-8" long, root them in water, then plant them in potting mix. This time, I had too many other projects going on, so these big cuttings wound up in a big jug, waiting their turn.

6 weeks later:

The cuttings are happily growing, budding, and starting to bloom. Sorry, the buds and blossom don't show up, but you can see how happy the cuttings are.
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This morning, I checked the water and discovered roots! Lots of them! So, now what do I do? It's way too soon to put these guys outside. Should I pot them up, knowing they'll have to get re-potted again or just leave them alone for another month?
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The reason I'm hesitating is because I took a small cutting from the same plant in December, and had a really hard time keeping it alive. It's now in real dirt and finally starting to come around, but it's not nearly as big and healthy as the ones I started from seed on New Year's day.
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These 3 are beefsteak, brandywine, & purple cherokee, started in Jiffy Pellets and up-potted to 3" peat pots.
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Ya know, I may have answered one of my own questions while posting this. I only got 3 little mediocre cherry tomatoes all winter, plus a single lousy brandywine. It wasn't worth the effort. I have plans for a bigger, better lighting setup, but if that doesn't work out, I don't think I'll bother growing tomatoes inside, again, except to get an early start on seeds.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/10/2020, 6:41 pm

I thinkI would be tempted to wait on up-potting the rootlings...depends how fast the roots are growing?  Otherwise I’d put them in peat pots.
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Post  countrynaturals on 2/10/2020, 6:50 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:I thinkI would be tempted to wait on up-potting the rootlings...depends how fast the roots are growing?  Otherwise I’d put them in peat pots.
I agree about waiting, but they're already way too big for peat pots. I might just buy those 5 gal. grow bags and use a couple of them. geek I've never even tried to root anything this big before. I'm in uncharted territory. idk
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