How to clone tomatoes, sweet basil, and mint?

I live in a small town and I am a newbie to cloning and I don't know if weather or area make a difference but I've tried a couple of times with the mint but, no luck. my product is Brand: gardentech Product: RootOne rooting hormone with fungicide. please help im lost.            oh and by the way my basil is starting to blooming.

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To clone a plant all you have to do is to fill a box with soil, cut a leaf into pieces, put the pieces in the soils with some gaps between them, cover the box with a clear plastic, put it near a light source or window and water it whenever needed (like daily or so). The pieces will grow into seedlings and those (after planting them in a bigger space, such as a pot) will grow into clones of the original plant that provided the leaf.

rickharris2 years ago

No need to clone tomatoes they tend to be self fertilising and will breed true from the seed (the usual way to grow them)

Basil will also grow from seed very well. If your in a winter warm place it will survive the winter and continue next year as well.

Mint is simply hard to kill never mind propagate. It propagates via the root system - so dig up some root in the autumn and plant it to get LOTS of mint next year - In fact you should really grow it in a confined space or it will take over the garden.

HOWEVER If you really want to clone, break off the side shoots from the tomato where they grow in the fork of 2 branches (you should do this anyway to prevent the tomato getting too bushy) and plant them - You can dip in rooting powder or gell if you want but they really don't need it. Water WELL though. All these plants are very water hungry. Tomatoes will produce a deep tap root for the water and many fine surface feeder roots for food - so you should liquid feed during the fruiting phase every week.

Basil will also root from a cutting made just above a leaf node. But grow from seed it's a lot easier and certain.

I grow all of these and many many more every year - I have at least 10 different varieties of mint and tend to be digging it up every year to keep it under control.

I had a big patch of mint that just took care of itself for many years. Basically just put water on it and tried to keep other weeds out. Then a few years ago the entire patch just died. It disapeared and left not one surviving stick behind. A mystery.

seandogue2 years ago

If you intend to extend your growing season by bringing a bit of a tomato plant inside, please note that tomatoes can be cloned very easily by air rooting, although I agree with Triclaw that it's probably a bit too late in the season to establish a solid root system. You may need a gangly piece of side stem to do the job for hormone-based cloning, several pieces in fact, to make sure at least one roots successfully. I'd recommend something between the soft young growth and the old woody growth.

Cut stem at 45 deg angle, split the stem ~ 1", dip in water, then shake off and dip in hormone (~2" deep), tap off excess, , carefully place in peat pot, then carefully cover with soft soil, gently packing it into place (gently so as not to accidentally strip any rooting hormone off the stem.. I usually use a 1:1 mix of powdered vermiculite and indoor potting soil. For a late season tomato, I'd recommend using a large peat pot, ie, holds about 2 cups of soil. At this stage of the season, you'll probably want candidate sections about 8" high.

Pot must be watered from the under side. I put my peat pots in those styrofoam containers they sell mushrooms and so forth in, as they'll hold about 2/12" of water.

I've had more success with cherry tomatoes than the larger varieties like early girl.

For the first day or so, until the top of the pots show they've soaked in the water, you may need to pin down the peat pots with something like sticks of wood, since they'll tend to float. I fill the container nearly full and keep adding water over the course of the as needed until wet shows at the top of the pot

Basil is most easily grown inside from seed. I've had little luck bringing a plant in and having it survive. I think it gets used to wherever it is and doesn't like change.

I don't grow mint.

I use rootone rooting hormone. It works better than anything else I've ever tried

Triclaw2 years ago

with the mint you want to take a runner or a rise and plant that in wet soil no need to use root hormone the rise is the " J " shaped base of the mint running off of the mint plant. Basil use a non woody piece with no flowers. if your basil is blooming pinch it off or let it go to seed. with a non woody basil stem cut the base at a 45 with clean shears and use the rooting hormone plant in warm wet soil.

Tomatoes is probably to late to clone save some seed. but if you want to try use a lower branch that is not too stiff a vertical rise will work best rooting hormone 45 cut and warm wet soil. all the clones need to stay moist and out of direct sun the tomatoes and basil will do the best with warm soil