What do you do with your tomato plants at the end of the season? Overwinter your tomato plants!
Can tomato plants survive winter indoors? Can you bring your tomato plant inside for the winter? Do tomatoes come back every year? Yes, yes and YES! By overwintering your tomato plants, your plants will survive the winter indoors and be ready for Spring once the snow melts.
While it would be quite impossible (and somewhat crazy!) to bring your entire plant inside, you can easily regrow that tomato plant with a few snips. Did you know that tomatoes are actually considered to be perennials? Yep, take a look at the little hairs that run up and down the stem – those are little roots! With a little care, they will regrow for you again and again!
Consider which tomato plant/plants did the best for you this year. Those will be the tomato plants you want to overwinter. Do this before the plant begins to die for the season.
You can also do this in the Springtime by taking just one or two purchased plants and propagating all new tomato plants! You’ll save a lot of money this way!
Here’s where to cut from your existing plant:
Clip several “suckers” from your best tomato plants.
Here’s one of my clippings, isn’t it easy to overwinter tomato plants?
Cut away all of the little stems and if you haven’t already, make sure you have a nice clean cut on the bottom, preferably at a slant.
Continue to gently cut away excess leaves, which will place more stress on the cutting.
We’re wanting the stem’s energy to go towards growing new roots, not supplying water to the leaves.
Then place your tomato cuttings in a glass of water, covering at least the bottom third of the cuttings up to half. Now we wait…..
After a few weeks, you’ll see beautiful little roots coming out of the bottom of your cuttings!
Important tip: Change the water at least once a week and keep a consistent water level.
Now, it’s time to plant your tomato cuttings!!! Use a good potting mix designed for cuttings (a local nursery would be a good place to buy from), and preferably in a clay pot. Make sure the plant can drain, well! Also, make sure that the hole you make is deep enough for the root system!
When growing tomatoes indoors, they need a sunny spot for the colder winter months. Make sure your overwintered tomato plant has support when needed, just like you would if it were outside.
Your little indoor tomato plant will continue to grow, so trim it back. However, without 75-80 degree temperatures, it won’t flower or bear fruit. Can you believe all of the leaf growth in just a few weeks in water?
Think about how simple it will be to just transplant your rooted tomato plant cutting in the Springtime! So much easier than starting from seed – and less expensive as well! Don’t forget, you can trim off the suckers from these new plants and create more new tomato plants to your heart’s content!!