|Marglobe Tomato, 6/7/2012|
|Much more breathing room|
I got six nice stems from my trimming work. These were put into dirt in a six cell pack, soaked in a water bath, and put in a shady area. For the next few days, the stems may be quite droopy, and you will think this is a stupid idea. Make sure to keep the soil quite damp, and in a few days you will be amazed that the stems are perking up.
|June 16th, and all is well|
In this picture you can see the new roots. No chemicals, no rooting hormones, plain old garden compost. Just helping Mother Nature to do her thing. I planted these starts in the ground yesterday, and will make sure to water them well for a few days. Miracle of miracles, new plants in ten days!
I started a tomato this year called Glacier. It is supposed to be very early, and the plants are now loaded with decent sized green tomatoes. I am thinking that if Glacier does well at the beginning of the season, it might also do well at the end of the season. So I am planning to start some stem cuttings now and a little later in the season. Maybe that will extend these faster growing plants to the end of the season. The plants don't get as big either, so maybe they could stay stuffed in a taller cold frame. Anybody have thoughts on extending the tomato season? I have been promised some plants of Burpee's Long Keeper and also the Red October, both varieties that are supposed to ripen after being picked off the vine. Pick them green in October, and they are supposed to ripen into November and December, And still taste better than store bought tomatoes.