This is now my Cloned Garden, rather than my Cloned Tomato Garden.
Tuesday, 15 Nov 11 Cloudy 30°C / 86°F
This used to be my cloned tomato “garden”, but now Im making it just my cloned garden. At first things were going real well with my cloned tomatoes, but then I realized that one of the plants I had cut a piece off to clone, started to show signs of disease. Then the clones started to have the same problem, then some of the other tomato plants that later made more clones from started having the same problems & their clones,as well. The untouched plants were all fine.
Apparently, I used the same blade to cut each of them with without sterilizing it between cuts and ended up infecting both the donor plants and the clones in the process. I had lost so many plants to disease that I didn’t want to try it again, but I did. This time I simply broke pieces off of the plant with my hand. It’s going well with the romatoes now, so I tried it with broccoli plants and seagrape trees and other lanscape plants, etc. So that’s why I’m now calling it simply my cloned garden, but I guess it could just as easily be called a “cuttings” garden, because that’s all cloning really is in the garden world, multiplying a plant with a cutting to get a genetic replica of the original plant.
So if you want to grow more of a certain “hybrid” variety of a plant and you don’t have the seeds to grow it, you can often just take a cutting, root it and plant it out in your garden- at no cost! And it’s a lot faster than growing it from seed.
At first I was so intimidated by the idea of “cloning” a plant, but then I just took it easy and somethung just clicked and I got an idea of how was the right way to do it and now it seems so easy. I just love when I have one of those “ah ha” moments and my thumbs get a little greener!