One of the gardening hacks that is going viral on the internet is tomato slice propagation. I will answer if we can grow tomatoes from the seeds of the tomato slice in this article.
The tomato slice propagation is new to me. I have written what I have learned while researching and included the insights of my fellow gardening experts.
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Tomato Slice Propagation
Tomato slice propagation is an economic way of growing tomatoes using the slices of overripe tomatoes.
Many gardeners claim it is an easy, cost-effective way of growing tomatoes. It may give organic home-grown tomatoes.
Limitations In Growing Tomatoes From Slices
The success of the tomato slice propagation method is not predictable. It may not work out if the tomato plants are sterile, internally hosts certain pathogens, and due to certain germination inhibitors.
Some gardeners have had success with growing tomatoes from its slices. However, it may not always work.
There are several reasons for the tomato slice propagation to not work. Some of these factors are discussed below.
Most of the tomato fruits found in the supermarket are F1 hybrids. They do not resemble the parents. So, if you are looking for a tomato to resemble the original fruit slice, you may be in for a surprise.
If we use the slices from the sterile plants, it will not produce tomato fruits.
Incidence Of Diseases
Sometimes, the gel of the sliced tomatoes harbors some bacteria and fungi. These harmful bacteria may be carried forward to the growing tomato plants and pose a threat.
There is a viscous substance that wraps the fruit seeds, and it has hormones controlling the seed dormancy. It may prevent seed germination inside the whole tomatoes.
Many experts recommend harvesting and cleaning the seeds before planting.
The viscous substance in the tomato slice may sometimes prevent germination when planted in the potting mix.
It is preferable to use an heirloom or open-pollinated tomato variety. You may use different pots for different varieties of tomato plants. Also, you may harvest and use the seeds for better germination results.
- Consider using the tomato slices from an heirloom or open-pollinated variety.
- Use slices from different plants in different pots so that they don’t pass on the susceptible infection to others.
- The suggested method is to harvest the seeds from a ripe tomato and then use it to produce a seedling.
- After slicing, squeeze out the seeds from the inside. Allow it to ferment to have better germination results. Rinse and pat dry the fermented seeds. Store them until planting.
You may check on this video to compare the tomato seedlings grown from slice and seeds:
You may ferment the seeds of the store-bought tomatoes, plant them in the ground, and you may get a healthy seedling from the seeds if properly taken care of.
Vivipary refers to premature germination that involves the germination of seeds that are still inside the parent plant. There is a lack of seed dormancy due to overripe tomatoes or environmental factors. It is common in vine tomatoes.
Tomato slice propagation seems like an exciting experiment, and I hope this article has provided you with a few tips to try the method.
Have you tried the tomato slice propagation method? If so, can you please share your experiences? I would love to hear from you.
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