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The wind, the deer something broke of my tomato plants at about 3
inches off the ground. I left the "stubs" and they seem to be ok, just
getting a slow re start. I took the tops of the plants and put them in
water. They are developing roots. How long should I let these new
roots before I put them back in the ground? Also these "tops" are
full of flowers. Will they still turn into tomatoes as they would have
if they were not disturbed? Experience? Ideas?
Thanks, MJ

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The wind, the deer something broke of my tomato plants at about 3
inches off the ground. I left the "stubs" and they seem to be ok, just
getting a slow re start. I took the tops of the plants and put them in
water. They are developing roots. How long should I let these new
roots before I put them back in the ground? Also these "tops" are
full of flowers. Will they still turn into tomatoes as they would have
if they were not disturbed? Experience? Ideas?
Thanks, MJ


I think you can replant those tops any time so long as you can keep them
moist. The flowers will probably drop, but more will come. If it happens
again you might try splinting them back together. I've had rather good luck
with tomato vines knitting back together just like a broken bone repairing
itself.
Steve


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On May 9, 9:11*pm, "Steve Peek" wrote:
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The wind, the deer something broke of my tomato plants at about 3
inches off the ground. I left the "stubs" and they seem to be ok, just
getting a slow re start. I took the tops of the plants and put them in
water. They are developing roots. How long should I let these new
roots before I put them back in the ground? *Also these "tops" are
full of flowers. Will they still turn into tomatoes as they would have
if they were not disturbed? Experience? Ideas?
Thanks, MJ


I think you can replant those tops any time so long as you can keep them
moist. The flowers will probably drop, but more will come. If it happens
again you might try splinting them back together. I've had rather good luck
with tomato vines knitting back together just like a broken bone repairing
itself.
Steve


Thanks, I can do that. Splinting was not an option, there was no
attachment left at all.
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"Steve Peek" wrote:

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The wind, the deer something broke of my tomato plants at about 3
inches off the ground. I left the "stubs" and they seem to be ok, just
getting a slow re start. I took the tops of the plants and put them in
water. They are developing roots. How long should I let these new
roots before I put them back in the ground? Also these "tops" are
full of flowers. Will they still turn into tomatoes as they would have
if they were not disturbed? Experience? Ideas?
Thanks, MJ


I think you can replant those tops any time so long as you can keep them
moist. The flowers will probably drop, but more will come. If it happens
again you might try splinting them back together. I've had rather good luck
with tomato vines knitting back together just like a broken bone repairing
itself.
Steve


I did that once with a branch that broke. I used strips of sheet wound
around as the bandage, and I ended up getting tomatoes off that branch.

Priscilla
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"Priscilla H. Ballou" wrote in message
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"Steve Peek" wrote:

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The wind, the deer something broke of my tomato plants at about 3
inches off the ground. I left the "stubs" and they seem to be ok, just
getting a slow re start. I took the tops of the plants and put them in
water. They are developing roots. How long should I let these new
roots before I put them back in the ground? Also these "tops" are
full of flowers. Will they still turn into tomatoes as they would have
if they were not disturbed? Experience? Ideas?
Thanks, MJ


I think you can replant those tops any time so long as you can keep them
moist. The flowers will probably drop, but more will come. If it happens
again you might try splinting them back together. I've had rather good
luck
with tomato vines knitting back together just like a broken bone
repairing
itself.
Steve


I did that once with a branch that broke. I used strips of sheet wound
around as the bandage, and I ended up getting tomatoes off that branch.

Priscilla


Yes, they can be completely broken off. So long as they are not too wilted
and the ends fit back together neatly they will regrow. I expect everyone
has been reading about grafted tomatoes, same principle.

Steve




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