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How To Clone Tomato Plants

How To Clone Tomato Plants

The juicy flesh, luscious flavor, plum shape, and bright red color.

Wondering what we are talking about? Tomatoes – everyone’s favorite super-food used in an array of dishes.

People around the globe think growing tomatoes is a tedious job that requires an extensive skill set and an abundance of time. What if we told you it is not only simple, but repeatable?

With just a little effort and the ‘right’ knowledge, you too can grow clone and replicate your healthy (additives and chemicals-free) tomatoes, right in your backyard. 

Cloning Tomatoes in Your Backyard!

Tomatoes, a staple in many households, are pretty cool – and can grow quite quickly, making the cloning experience an amazing learning curve for you.

By following just a few steps, you too can master the art of growing tomatoes at home.

Things You Need

To seamlessly get started, its best to get your hands on the following: 

  • A semi-matured tomato plant
  • A planter or container
  • Potting soil
  • Water
  • A razor-sharp knife

Step 1: Grabbing Some Dirt and a Piece of Plant

If you’ve been inspired to grow your own tomatoes by your organic-food-enthusiast friend, ask them for a piece of their heirloom tomato plant to get started.

Next, find a cute planter you want to grow your juicy tomatoes in and fill it with soil enriched with nutrients. If you want your cloning experience to go smoothly, you can always purchase a cloning reservoir, such as the 6-Plant Cloning & Seedling Grow Box Cloner. This LED hydroponic reservoir comes complete with essentials and an easy to follow instruction list to provide you with utmost cloning support.

Pro Tip: Go for a transparent planter, so you can easily keep track of the plant’s growth through its roots.

Step 2: Identifying A Healthy Stem from The Donor Plant

Analyze the donor tomato plant you have in hand and look for a large branch which is being deviated from the main stem of the plant. If you’re able to identify a “v” formation on the branch; congratulations, you’ve just found the perfect target for cloning; the root sucker.

Another Pro Tip: To make sure your tomato cloning project is a success, your piece of tomato plant should come from a healthy donor, free from diseases. And as a general rule of thumb, find a stem that is roughly as thick as your pinky finger for best results. 

Step 3: Cutting Off the Piece of Plant

Now that you know where to make the cut, take your razor-sharp knife and make a small cut at a 45-degree angle on the branch to separate your piece from the main plant.

After the piece has been separated, it’s best to scrape the bottom of the plant to remove any excess growth and stray pieces.

Step 4: Planting Your Little Tomato Clone

Carefully lift the clean piece of tomato plant you have separated and add it in the planter full of potting soil. Now mist the little tomato clone with some water to kickstart its growth and place it in indirect sunlight.

If you want an easy way out, you can always opt for planting in an automated cloner, such as the SuperCloner 14-Site Hydroponic Cloner. With this cloner, all you have to do is adjust the nutrients and pH once and watch your plants grow!

Step 5: Wait and Observe

Now that the easy part is done and dusted, it’s time for the hard part – the wait.

Without moving or poking the plant much, you’re going to let it grow until it’s around 20 inches tall. At this point, your plant’s stem should be considerably thicker than before, and roots should be formed.

Step 6: Celebrate your Success

In a few weeks’ time, you’ll see your tomato plant grow high and strong! At this stage, you can always repeat the process and continue cloning more tomatoes. We recommend using the TurboKlone Elite 96 Cloner, an automated cloning machine with a built-in cooling system, which allows cloning up to 96 succulent tomatoes!

Don’t forget, the more juicy and fresh homegrown tomatoes, the merrier.

Making the Job Easier with SproutRite

While cloning tomatoes is an enjoyable and quick process, it’s not all that easy for everyone. If you want the perfect variety for gardening solutions paired with comprehensive guidance, tips, and tricks, it's best to get in touch with SproutRite. 

Our cloners are the best when it comes to getting the job done, especially if your area lacks the needed condition for tomato cloning, or if you simply find it difficult to clone tomatoes. 

With the above-mentioned simple steps and a great cloner, it is time to go searching for the perfect root sucker and get cloning.

Happy gardening!

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Jillian - September 30, 2020

I do this every year when I find the perfect tomato Homestead plant. I haven’t tried the automated cloners yet, but I am excited to scale my tomato growing efforts using this method soon :-)

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