Clone Tomato Plants: An Easy Guide for Aspiring Gardeners

I have such good memories when I think about tomatoes. I remember the smell of tomato plants combined with basil every evening when my grandpa was watering his garden. Tomatoes are a favorite crop by gardeners. They’re flexible, tasty, and full of health benefits. You can also clone the plant with a super straightforward method, don’t overcomplicate it, plain water works great! You can make multiple plants of tomatoes from a single one that you started from seed or bought from the nursery.

Alessandro Vitale aka Spicy Moustache holding 3 tomatoes

How to Clone Tomato Plants

  1. Choose a healthy, disease-free tomato plant that has traits you want to replicate.
  1. Using a knife or scissors, cut a 6-8 inch section from a healthy stem, preferably with no flowers or fruit. Ensure there are at least two sets of leaves on the cutting.
  1. Remove the lower leaves, leaving only the top set. This helps the cutting focus its energy on developing roots.
  1. Place the suckers/side shots (growing in between the main stem and the leaves) in recycled bottled water. If using water, change it every 3 days to prevent stagnation.
  1. Keep the cuttings in a warm, bright location but out of direct sunlight. Within a week or two, roots should begin to develop.
  1. Once the cuttings have developed a strong root system, transplant them into your garden or larger pots.
parts of a tomato plant

Why Clone Tomato Plants?

Cloning, also known as propagation, involves taking cuttings from a mature tomato plant and nurturing them to develop roots. This approach can be useful because it lets you:

  • Preserve Desired Traits: Cloning ensures that your new plants retain the desirable traits of the parent plant, such as flavor, size, and disease resistance.
  • Save Time: Cloning skips the germination step, allowing your plants to grow and produce fruit faster.
  • Increase yield: More plants equals more tomatoes. Cloning allows you to make better use of your garden space and increase productivity.

Health Benefits of Tomatoes

  • Rich in Vitamins and Minerals: They’re loaded with vitamin C for a healthy immune system, vitamin K for strong bones, potassium to keep your muscles happy, and folate, which is important for overall well-being.
  • High in Antioxidants: Not only does it give tomatoes their vibrant color, but it’s also been linked to a lower risk of serious diseases like cancer and heart problems.
  • Supports Heart Health: The potassium and lycopene combo can help lower your blood pressure and keep your cholesterol in check, all good things for a healthy heart.
  • Improves Skin Health: The vitamins and antioxidants they have can help shield your skin from sun damage, even out your skin texture, and make sunburn a little less likely.
  • Boosts Digestive Health: they’re packed with fiber, which keeps things moving smoothly and helps prevent constipation.

Quick Tip:

Make sure to remove the lower leaves of all your plants to improve aeration and reduce the risk of soil-borne disease. Add the leaves to your compost or worm farm!

I collect empty plastic bottles from my neighbors to reuse in the garden and reduce waste, and I will gift lots of these plants to whoever wants one! You can recycle empty plastic bottles as well to help the environment.

Happy growing!

Alessandro Vitale aka Spicy Moustache holding 3 tomatoes and tomato plant