Step by Step Guide – Growing Tomato From Sliced Tomatoes

In Brief: How to Grow Tomatoes From Sliced Tomato

The propagation of tomatoes through their slices is a gardening hack that is going viral on the internet. Plant the tomato slices on the potting mix and cover them lightly with a thin layer of potting mix. The seedlings will sprout, which may be transferred to a bigger pot. However, the success of the tomato slice propagation is not predictable.

One of the gardening hacks that is going viral on the internet is tomato slice propagation. I will answer if we can grow tomatoes from the seeds of the tomato slice in this article.

The tomato slice propagation is new to me. I have written what I have learned while researching and included the insights of my fellow gardening experts.

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Tomato Slice Propagation

Tomato slice propagation is an economic way of growing tomatoes using the slices of overripe tomatoes.

Many gardeners claim it is an easy, cost-effective way of growing tomatoes. It may give organic home-grown tomatoes.

How To Grow Tomatoes From Tomato Slice?

How To Grow Tomatoes From Tomato Slice?

Place the tomato slices in a circular pattern directly on the soil. Cover them with a light layer of soil and water regularly. After the seeds germinate, you may transfer the transplant.



    1. Make Slices Of Tomatoes - You may pick ripe tomatoes and cut them into slices of 1-centimeter thick. Many prefer to opt for large fruits as they will have more seeds and so, more chances of having the tomatoes bloom. Don’t use the extremities of the fruit and use only the middle sections.
    2. Place Slices Of Tomatoes On Soil - Prepare a potting mix of 50% normal garden soil, 30% organic compost, and 20% fine sand. Fill a container with three-quarters of the potting mix. Lay the cut tomato slices in a circle around the pot. Don’t use more than three or four slices per gallon pot.
    3. Care For The Tomato Slices - Cover them with a fine layer of soil, and gently pat the soil down so that the ground comes in contact with the seeds. Water the soil to keep it moist. Keep the pot in a partial shade and water the plants regularly. Some suggest wrapping the container with plastic wrap. It helps to create a humidity dome around the pot and control the moisture.
    4. Germination and Transfer The Seedling To Bigger Pot - You may see tomato seedlings germinating within 7-14 days. Some gardeners have had 30-50 seedlings. Remove the humidity dome once you notice the green seedlings sprouting.

      Choose the strongest seedlings for transfer. You may either transfer the seedling to another pot or directly to the ground.

      Remember to provide the tomato plants an average of 8 hours of sunlight per day. Stake the plants regularly when it starts growing to have a good tomato yield.

Limitations In Growing Tomatoes From Slices

The success of the tomato slice propagation method is not predictable. It may not work out if the tomato plants are sterile, internally hosts certain pathogens, and due to certain germination inhibitors.

Some gardeners have had success with growing tomatoes from its slices. However, it may not always work.

There are several reasons for the tomato slice propagation to not work. Some of these factors are discussed below.

Sterile Plants

Most of the tomato fruits found in the supermarket are F1 hybrids. They do not resemble the parents. So, if you are looking for a tomato to resemble the original fruit slice, you may be in for a surprise.

If we use the slices from the sterile plants, it will not produce tomato fruits.

Incidence Of Diseases

Sometimes, the gel of the sliced tomatoes harbors some bacteria and fungi. These harmful bacteria may be carried forward to the growing tomato plants and pose a threat.

Germination Interferers

There is a viscous substance that wraps the fruit seeds, and it has hormones controlling the seed dormancy. It may prevent seed germination inside the whole tomatoes.

Many experts recommend harvesting and cleaning the seeds before planting.

The viscous substance in the tomato slice may sometimes prevent germination when planted in the potting mix.


It is preferable to use an heirloom or open-pollinated tomato variety. You may use different pots for different varieties of tomato plants. Also, you may harvest and use the seeds for better germination results.

  • Consider using the tomato slices from an heirloom or open-pollinated variety.
  • Use slices from different plants in different pots so that they don’t pass on the susceptible infection to others.
  • The suggested method is to harvest the seeds from a ripe tomato and then use it to produce a seedling.
  • After slicing, squeeze out the seeds from the inside. Allow it to ferment to have better germination results. Rinse and pat dry the fermented seeds. Store them until planting.

You may check on this video to compare the tomato seedlings grown from slice and seeds:


Can you grow tomatoes from the seeds of the store-bought tomato?

You may ferment the seeds of the store-bought tomatoes, plant them in the ground, and you may get a healthy seedling from the seeds if properly taken care of.

What is vivipary in tomato?

Vivipary refers to premature germination that involves the germination of seeds that are still inside the parent plant. There is a lack of seed dormancy due to overripe tomatoes or environmental factors. It is common in vine tomatoes.


Tomato slice propagation seems like an exciting experiment, and I hope this article has provided you with a few tips to try the method.

Have you tried the tomato slice propagation method? If so, can you please share your experiences? I would love to hear from you.

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