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Damaged tomato plant advice?

Midlife Aug 21, 2013 11:33 AM

So I planted a second round of tomatoes in containers and accidentally badly bent the tallest branch of one plant while placing the cage in the pot. We tried taping it upright for a few days but everything above the break has apparently died.

We've cut the branches just above the break and left the bandage on for now.

Wondering if it would be better to remove the wrapping and cut just BELOW the break. OR.... Other thoughts?

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    Phoebe Aug 21, 2013 12:04 PM

    Unfortunately, taping usually doesn't work once the branch is bent. Depending on the size of the branch, you can cut it & root it in water. I have three cuttings that are ready to pot up in dirt. The deeper the water, the better. (Bigger rooting area) I try not to root a branch longer than 12- 18 inches. Remove all but the 3 top set of leaves. Slice branch at a sharp diagonal. Place it in at least 6-8 inches deep of water. Takes about 2 weeks and you'll see roots developing! Good luck!

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    1. re: Phoebe
      Midlife Aug 21, 2013 03:55 PM

      The part above the break is gone now. What I'm looking for is advice on how best to handle the portion BELOW the break.

      1. re: Midlife
        pinehurst Aug 21, 2013 04:17 PM

        Snip below the break, as close to the break as possible, and at the same time remove a few of the sucker branches (if any) beneath the break.

        1. re: pinehurst
          Midlife Aug 21, 2013 04:47 PM

          Thanks. Above the break didn't make much sense, but after 45 years of marriage I try to 'shut up & listen' as much as possible.

          1. re: Midlife
            pinehurst Aug 21, 2013 04:51 PM

            I stand in awe. I find myself muttering to myself after 11 years (not of gardening...I've been doing THAT forever) :-)

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