Growing Tomatoes from Slices- A Step-by-Step Guide

With 95% of home gardeners growing tomatoes in their backyards, no doubt tomatoes are a very a popular garden vegetable. This is because they are easy to grow and are exceptionally healthy especially when grown organically at home. But while most people will prefer to pick up a packet of seeds or even some transplants at a local nursery and carefully plant the seeds to get their tomato starters going, you can actually grow your tomatoes from slices. The method is ridiculously easy and very cost effective. If you are wondering how possible this is, we have the easiest hack for you. In this short write-up, we explain how easy it is growing tomatoes from slices so you will not have an excuse not to go and try it for yourself.

Step One: Get a Pot or a Container

Half fill the container or pot with potting soil. Soil quality matters in this case. In particular, the best soil is one with plenty of organic matter or compost. Be sure to put a small hole in the lower side of the pot to allow for proper drainage.

Step Two: Slice Your Tomatoes

Take your overripe tomatoes and slice them into quarter inch thick slices. This is to ensure that the seeds found in the slices will have direct exposure to the soil. Then toss the slices in a circle around your container of soil. Don’t be tempted to put to many slices in. Around three or even four slices per gallon pot is adequate to get you plenty of tomato starters.

Step Three: Cover the Slices

Cover the slices of tomatoes with a thin layer of potting soil (should be about 1 cm of soil) so that they are just barely covered. If the layer of soil is too thick, the tomato plants will take long to sprout or may even not sprout at all. You could also sprinkle some plant fertilizer over the tomato slices. In addition, you can add mulch to the top of the soil to reduce soil splashing onto the tomato leaves and to help retain moisture.

Step Four: Water Your Pot

Tomatoes need even water to grow. So, ensure you occasionally water the pot to keep it moist for seven to fourteen days. In a week or two, you will notice a few small seedlings that are starting to grow. You will end up with upwards of about 30 to 60 tomato seedlings.

Step Five: Move the Seedlings into Separate Container

Immediately the tomato plants start growing larger, choose the strongest ones and gently take them out of their original container. Transplant them to another container in groups of four. You can also choose to transfer them to your garden or backyard. Only plant a maximum of two seedlings per container. Then wait for the beginning of your amazing tomato plant with a few tomato leaves and hairy stem.

Benefits of Growing Organic tomatoes

Growing tomatoes from slices is an organic method that is perfect for your health and friendly to the environment. This method results into tomatoes that are more nutritious. And you don’t have to worry about growing a tomato plant that contains GMO seeds. This is because any tomato you buy in the market can never be grown from genetically modified seeds.

In a study where tomatoes were grown under organic standards, the results showed elevated levels of phenols content as compared to tomatoes grown under different conditions using agricultural chemicals. The organic tomatoes also had 55% more vitamin C and around 139% more total phenol content when matured as compared to conventionally grown tomatoes. So, it is evident that, though conventional tomatoes are relatively larger than organic ones, you get more nutrients in the smaller package.

The flavour is another reason for growing tomatoes from slices. Rich in lycopene, a carotenoid antioxidant that is responsible for the red/pink colour in tomatoes, it plays a very important role in your overall health. It has been shown to significantly reduce stroke risk and helpful in treating prostate cancer.

The many health benefits of tomatoes can be attributed to their wealth of nutrients and vitamins including vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, phosphorous, vitamin B-complex, potassium, zeaxanthin, manganese and lutein. They also have dietary fibre, magnesium, copper and proteins.

Other Health Benefits

1)Improves vision while preventing night blindness

2)Helps in maintaining a healthy skin, ones, teeth and hair.

3)Reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure and type two diabetes

4)Lycopene in the tomatoes protects you from cardiovascular diseases by reducing cholesterol levels in the blood vessels.

5)Provides relief from gallstones.

6)Prevents diarrhea, constipation and effectively removes toxins in the body.

7)Reduces the incidence of urinary tract infections including bladder cancer by increasing the elimination of excess uric acid, water, fat and salts as well from the body.

Tips for Growing Tomatoes from Slices

* The Tomatoes need to be set 30-40 inches apart in the row with the rows spaced 48 inches apart. Getting them too close will only increase the chance of diseases.

* Tomatoes do best in full sun. So, ensure you place the pot in an area that receives plenty of daily sunlight. It is believed that the more direct sunlight your tomatoes receive, the sweeter they will taste.

* The soil you grow your tomatoes in will affect your tomato’s flavour as well as optimal watering. So, if you over-water them, you may end up destroying the flavour of the tomato.

* Pruning is important once your tomato plant start getting unruly. It helps reduce the risk of pests and diseases.

* You should begin harvesting your tomatoes once they start showing colour because they will continue to ripen.

* To grow the best tomatoes, you need to choose the right variety for your region and needs or else you will not be having something to harvest.

* It is advisable to water your tomatoes early in the day so that they will dry off before evening. This will help reduce diseases.

Conclusion

The next time you open your fridge only to find rotting, overripe tomatoes, don’t be tempted to throw them in the garbage. Instead, use them to grow an unlimited supply of fresh, organic tomatoes in your backyard or garden. Thanks to this guide, starting your tomato plant from tomato slices is easier than ever.