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Old 12-03-2007, 02:18 AM   #1
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tomato plant question
okay, be warned first i have a brown thumb and like zero gardening experience.

i planted a tomato plant like 2 weeks ago, it was on that came in like a peat pot and you just ripped the bottom off and planted the whole thing. to my great surprise, when i got home from housesitting today, it was HUGE and it looks like little buds or something were starting already.

i had to move the tie for the stake because it grew so much, but when doing that, i inadvertently broke the big new blossomey part of the stem right the heck off (trying to undo damp Sugar 'n Cream cotton ) like the top part from the main stem and it had two branches off of it..... i am heartbroken. will that grow back or is my little plant done for?
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:43 AM   #2
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Don't panic Sean, tomatos are great survivors.

Are there any leaves below the break? If so, just keep caring for it. It'll grow a branch from the point at which the leaf grows from the trunk--the branch will become the new top. In fact, vining (indeterminate) tomatos will grow a branch at every leaf junction--If not staked or grown up a fence or trellis they will become a tangled mass of sprawling vines. (My vines are grown on a 4 1/2' fence, and the vines often keep growing to the point that they will drape over the back of the fence all the way back to the ground by Fall.)

If the break is below the leaves, it likely will die...but keep caring for it just in case. They're tough plants.

What variety is it?
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Tomatoes tend to be pretty hardy so I would give it a chance. As an aside - personally I never move my ties, just add new ones. Also, you can try rooting the part that broke in some nice sandy soil that you can keep well watered. I have done this several times after the dogs tear through the garden breaking off my tomatoes and peppers as they go.
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I just want to point out that we had our first freezing snow. The ground is frozen solid and it was 17 degrees last night.

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also, try to root the part that broke off! Put it in some water, no leaves in there. Just the stem. Change the water every other day or so and watch to see if roots grow off the stem. Then transplant it into soil for 2 plants!
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Topping a tomato plant (while not exactly the way it's supposed to be done ) won't kill the plant. It will continue to grow and be more bushy than it would have otherwise. Many people top them on purpose.

The tomato is basically a weed and you know how hard those are to kill.
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Yummmm, home grown tomatos!
*runs off to rob BoyForPele's tomato plants......
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thanks everyone!!!! there are leaves below the break, essentially i just cut off all the beautiful new growth in the last 2 weeks that i was so tickled over

i didn't think of trying to root it!!! i may be too late though, i threw it in the nearby garbage in a mini tantrum when it happened, but i will check when i get home.

i was trying so hard too!!!! i've been pruning new growth to allow for bushing and it was looking SOOOOO nice... meh.

ingrid, it got down to a FRIGID 68 last night, but is supposed to get down to 51 tonight!!!! (whips out the woolens )

as for the type of tomato, i can't remember already.... i might have stuck the little card in there, but i am not sure, i will check later and get back to you. i know it was some kind of cherry tomato and i got it from home depot. they had a lovely display of all these little plants, veggies, and herbs that came in these peat pots for like $3. i got some chamomile as well and based on those 2 and a couple weeks passing, i can say i'm very pleased with that method so far. it said there would be "hundreds" of tomatoes.
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Be on the lookout for tomato worms (seriously). They're these big, green honkers that will eat your plants in an afternoon. They aren't actually a worm but a caterpillar, they're icky! You have to pick them off with your bare hands because you can't spray chemicals on your 'maters. Have fun.
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if i were going to pick off caterpillars (ew), what would i do with them once picked off? i couldn't possibly kill them, so where could i put them that they might stay away from my plants? i read about a bacteria called Bacilla thuringiensis that you can use that is safe for food plants, but that paralyzes their digestive system and they die of starvation which could take days... not willing to do that either....

it says that the moths these caterpillars turn into can be good for the ecosystem, so i think the best solution for me is to have my tomatos be caterpillar food. thanks for warning me, though, because i would've TOTALLY freaked out.
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