For the past four years I've been taking cuttings of my tomato plants and trying to keep them alive over the winter. I call them perennial tomatoes because they are parts of the same adult plants, not a second generation.
This year I took cuttings early, so that if I have problems I'll have time to get some more before frost kills the tomato plants in my garden.
First I found a sucker on one of the Cherokee purple plants. This was the first year I've grown this variety and I didn't get to taste even one - we had not-good-for-tomato-growing weather this summer. I also took one cutting from one of the Juliet plants, a hybrid. Now that the weather has cooled off there are half a dozen long green tomatoes on this plant. I also took three cuttings from my one and only Arkansas Traveler plant.
I set them in clear plastic cups with an inch or so of filtered water inside, so that the cuttings could grow roots.
In the past, I've left the cuttings in water for most of the winter, planting them when the roots were so long and thick that I had no alternative. This year I'm planting them in soil as soon as they have roots. I used plastic cups from the grocery store with holes punched in the bottom with a knife, and half-filled with potting soil.
Read about the experiment here:
Part 1 - Perennial Tomatoes
Part 2 - Update #1, Spring
Part 3 - Update #2, Year Two
Part 4 - How to Take Tomato Cuttings
Perennial Tomatoes, Year Four
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