Seed Swaps

This is now my Cloned Garden, rather than my Cloned Tomato Garden.

15 Nov 2011
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!




congratulations. it is supposed to be possible to clone papaya. when you cloned the broc, what part of the plant did you cut or pull off? thanks

Posted on 18 Nov 11 (over 4 years ago)


Folia Helper

United States10b

I just break off the side shoots that are growing off the stem and look like they could be their own individual plants. Now I’ve been doing this to plants that have ALREADY produced their main heads and the smaller side shoots that look like small broccoli heads, that you would pick to eat. It seems like after they’ve produced the heads,both primary & secondary, the plants want to multiply either by seed or by shoots coming up in clusters off the main stem. It’s a good way to prolong the season. I’m doing it right now with a plant that I had planted last spring. I’ve done it with cauliflower too.

Since you asked about what part can be cut off, I’m going to try to pay attention this time to when those side shoots first become available to pluck and plant. Then I’ll start planting them as early as possible. I’m thinking of starting another lasagna bed to handle some of the extra plants I’ll be having. It really is a good way to have a faster & easier continuous harvest.

One thing I have noticed is that a lot of the time you get a fairly long stem that might lay a little bit sideways before growing upward. If you cover that stem with some soil, many times these shoots will develop and have tiny roots growing which makes it especially easy to transplant them.

If you try it out, let me know how it goes for you. Good luck!

Posted on 18 Nov 11 (over 4 years ago)

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