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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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Post  sanderson on 7/4/2020, 4:04 pm

The Snow Fairies (the 4 on the right) are almost through fruiting, at least for now.  The heirlooms are starting to blush and I will be busy canning and freezing this summer.  I had a mystery tomato last year, from a seed in the package of Snow Fairy seeds.  I saved its seeds and they grew true this year.  I named it Ox.

4 Sungold = 0.5 oz.
4 Snow Fairies (2 to 2 1/2") 7.8 oz.
4 Mystery tomatoes = 3 lbs 6.4 oz.
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Post  llama momma on 7/5/2020, 11:48 am

Nice !  All I have here in Ohio are very small green fruits.  Looking forward to having tomatoes again !
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Post  OhioGardener on 7/30/2020, 9:52 am

All of the Red Brandywine Tomatoes this year are mutants.  Don't know what happened to them, but they are really odd.  The Yellow Brandywine are doing great, though.

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Post  OhioGardener on 8/1/2020, 4:17 pm

A nice size Red Brandywine Tomato today, 1 pound, 13.1 ounces.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/1/2020, 4:40 pm

Nice one!

A bunch of my big maters had BER.  Water was uneven....
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Post  sanderson on 8/10/2020, 5:33 am

My heirlooms seem to be putting out a lot of mutants as the season progresses. They taste delicious but there is quite of bit of waste.

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Post  plantoid on 8/10/2020, 8:31 pm

Due to the Covid 19 lockdown here in the UK tomato plants were scarce ,   seeds were like gold dust none of the shops had any left.   So I took two greengrocer shop brought  toms , one a cherry style tomato the other the commercial Money Maker  ................ imported from Spain  .

I made up two used washed out grape punnet's with 50/50 sieved sharp sand , a bit of my MM bed to fill the tubs with an inch & a half of it .  Then carefully with a sharp knife cut three thin slices off the cherry tomatoes and one off the bigger Money Maker tom.  Made sure that each slice had plenty of uncut seeds in . 

Laid the cherry slices in one tub and the Money Maker's in the other .   Covered them in 1/4" if sieved sand & bed soil .  Laughing Labeled them there & then .. I've messed up labeling things afore today Embarassed .    
Took a big soda bottle  poked a red hot darning needle in the top several times to make a gentle watering can style rose device and filled the bottle with clean rain water , used it to sprinkle the coverings till they were sopping wet . Popped them in a warm room but not in direct sunlight made sur tey didn't dry our or get over watered ,  a week later I had hundreds of tomato seedlings growing .  


When they were about an inch tall with the second ( true leaf set ) well grown ,  I pricked them out and potted them up in old pot noodle tubs that I'd burnt three drainage holes in each pot's base . Again used a well mixed up  amount of :- sharp sand & a bit of my ANSFG bed material , plenty of  sterile chopped coir and a couple of pounds of well composted farm manures as the growing medium .( made about 10 gallons all told ) 

 Gave each tub a 1/4 cup of liquid tomato feed that I made up specially for the occasion.
 135  pots later of cherry & Maker toms later the greenhouse looked a bit full , I set up the overhead water misting spray jets  for 5 min once every 24 hrs , 
Three week later I started sell the excess plants now 8 inches or so tall to the locals @ 4 four £ 1.50 ... it certainly paid for the materials several times over .

 I put 38 plants in tubs in the glasshouse and the veg & flower beds , all are thriving .
 We must have around 40 pound of toms coming on well in the glasshouse and 15 pounds inthe offing of cherry toms in the outside beds . 
 

I don't think I'll ever be buying tomato plants or seeds again.  With a bit of luck I'll be harvesting the biggest Money Maker when it is tennis ball sized and several of the sweetest bunch of the cherry toms  for seeds .  Might have to use a disposable face mask to make a hammock for the big money maker  just in case it drops off the vine of its own accord . Job for the morning ASAP .
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