Window tomatoes, cuttings at week 15

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I decided we’re not going to fruit in time. My window tomatoes are very tall, broad leaved and slow to flower; it’s uncomfortably cold in the office. Rather than wait out the next two weeks, I thought I’d take cuttings to get a jump on next season.

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I counted three nodes down from the top of the plant and chopped on an angle just above the fourth node. Stripped the lower leaves and left my cuttings in a cup of water – the internet says they should put out roots within a week. Soon as they root, my two cuttings will go into a small pot of soil where they’ll overwinter until I have space in the garden next spring.

I would have taken three cuttings if not for spotting this little beauty at the last minute.

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It’s a bud! At the very top of the tallest plant is a little flower. Upon closer inspection, I noticed each of my cuttings also had tiny pinhead-sized flowers too. Oh well! At least this means next year’s crop won’t have spent it’s energy on what’s left of this season. I’m tempted now to chop the cutting-ed plants so the remaining flowering one can suck up all the nutrients.

Maybe there’s still time to get one very tiny tomato.