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    zazen999 is offline Funky Cold Ribena
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    Default Armpitted Tomatoes

    F1 Sungold. Flum's fave tomato.

    I don't usually buy ready grown toms, well - the odd one maybe if it takes my fancy...usually heritage only though.

    But this year I stood next to one in a nursery and by golly, it leapt right into my hand. 1.20 for a fine looking plant, just about to flower.

    Took it home. [I had paid for it, obviously!].

    Nipped out 3 'armpits' and put them into modules; so now I've got potentially 4 F1 Sungolds from one 1.20 plant.

    I'll keep putting the armpits into compost and repotting as they grow on....making probably at least 15 plants all from one original plant.

    And to top it all, the first bud opened today so the first flower on it is out.
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    Sungold throw out 'armpit shoots' at a fair rate of knots don't they? I usually only grow a couple, and root a couple of side-shoots and that does us right through the season

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    I just thought I'd mention it now at the start of the season, so that anyone new can try it and get lots of lovely new plants for free! Rather than mention it when it's too late to try it.

    As they are the same age as the parent, they fruit quickly as well; and on shorter stems so not as much leggyness going on.

    I have also got an overwintered tomato [no idea which variety as I picked it out of trimmings and took a cutting last summer] which survived and has also got it's first baby tomato on it.
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    I had never heard of this before so thank you,do you just pot them up or dip them in a little rooting powder first?

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    Nice tip, thanks
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    I was on the phone to my mum who's a keen gardener and has been for years and told her about this. Her response was one of those classic, "Reeaaaallly?"s!
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    I've never bothered with rooting powder, just stick them into a 3inch pot of damp compost

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