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#1 Old 06-30-2006, 11:02 AM
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I accidentally mostly broke off the top of my biggest tomato plant with the flower this morning ! I was trying to prune away a low branch and it snapped in half. I immediately took a thin bamboo stake and some twine and lined it up again and tied it so it was stable. Any chance it will repair back together again?? This actually sort of worked with a smaller plant I broke (much to my surprise). I've also read you can take the broken half and re-root it in a glass of water. Should I just go this route? My poor tomato!
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#2 Old 06-30-2006, 02:14 PM
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I would reroot it myself they can repair but if you broke it almost all all the way it prob will not take.

Just cut it off the rest of the way trim the bottum with a sharp knife ( not scissors) dip it in the rooting powder and stick it in a pot or root in water.
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Use medical tape or gause covered w/ plastic after and make a bandage and splint do not let the juice or liquid (sap) dry out. When you cut a plant it produces enzymes to create a "scab" of you can create an anorexic (airless) environment immedietly the top will re-glue itself. I dont know if tomatoes propogate by layering-- that is by starting roots from a cut off plant.
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#4 Old 07-02-2006, 06:45 PM
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My patch job didn't work, but after an overnight soak in a glass of water with tomato food, the top part perked up, and my dad said the bottom part would keep growing. Fortunately, a second plant now has flowers so maybe I'll get tomatoes after all!
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#5 Old 07-12-2006, 04:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Gita View Post

anorexic (airless) environment


(I try to only correct people if their mistake will impair their ability to communicate in future, so I hope I haven't offended you.)

This is really interesting! I just assumed once a plant was broken it was fit for the compost heap.
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