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Plant those Little Suckers! Free Tomato plants.

A lot of people recommend that you remove the suckers from tomato plants to stop the plants becoming too leggy etc. Suckers are those little shoots that appear in the armpit between the stem and branch (see photo below). These suckers are normally just thrown away but I had heard that you can re plant these little suckers and have a whole new tomato plant for free!

Tomato Suckers

Tomato Suckers. Don’t throw them away. PLANT THOSE SUCKERS!

These little suckers can either be cut off with a pair of scissors or you can just pinch them out between your fore finger and thumb.

Cut or pinch out those little suckers

Cut or pinch out those little suckers

Next I pushed the suckers into some potting Compost and gave them a good watering. It is important that the suckers are not allowed to dry out. Keep them out of direct sunlight for a few days until they have recovered. I expect them to wilt but they should recover.

Tomato suckers planted into potting compost.

Tomato suckers planted into potting compost.

I then put the pots into an old mushroom container so I can keep them moist

Tomato Suckers in a tray

Tomato Suckers in a tray

And then I put another upturned mushroom container over the top to stop the water evaporating and to keep humidity high until the cuttings have taken.

I will be checking on these twice a day to make sure they don’t dry out.

Fingers crossed we should have 4 more tomato plants for zero cost.

A free little propagator made from supermarket mushroom containers.

A free little propagator made from supermarket mushroom containers.

There is no reason why you cannot continue to take suckers from plants and re plant them although tomatoes do need a decent growing season to fruit so you cannot do this too late into the season.

 

I will let you all know how I get on

aman