Fall has fully arrived on the farm but some of the tomato plants are still going thanks to the permaculture planting styles used on the farm, the cherry tomato plants are still producing in the main garden, they are quite sheltered. We often think of tomato’s as a annual but if the weather works right, its very much a perennial. With a little care we can overwinter a few in the house and then taking slips at the right time, start lots of wee babies that will give us a huge head start in the spring.
Today was a perfect day to go get slips, two off the best plant and one off each of the other two next best plants.. only take slips from your best producers. Each slip was cut on a angle with a clean blade and then all the bottom leaves/stems taken off and any flowers also removed off each stem.
This one is a touch long, I will shorten it up one more nod now that I see it in the picture 🙂 I got a nice piece of young willow and cut up a few stick of willow to add to the water to help with the rooting out process for the tomato’s. Once I have roots, I will pot them up with rich potting soil from the store to make sure I do not bring in anything for the winter bug wise.
I placed it in the glass jar so I can keep a close eye on what is happening and its in my bathroom which is warm with nice indirect lighting. I have tried potting up bigger tomato’s types and I have found over the years that while you can keep one or two of the bigger ones for slipping in the spring.. they do not get enough from the winter light to produce the same way that the smaller cherry tomato plants seem to. It might be different in your zone.
Are you going to be bringing in tomato slips? this fall, will you be overwintering any tomato plants in your house? Got a story about a plant that has been alive in the house for many years. I went to one ladies home, her whole living room window was covered in the most amazing cherry tomato plant that she had for many years.. I can not remember how old it was, just that it was a long time and she just pruned it to keep the shape and to keep it producing.