How To Fix And Repair A Broken, Bent Or Damaged Tomato Plant Stem

Broken tomato plant splint

Broken Tomato plant stems are sometimes fixable and are worth trying to salvage. Most tomato plants are susceptible to breakage and all are when they are growing large or many fruit. Wind, poor support, ruff handling and birds are all possible sources of breakage. When the broken stem does not have any fruit yet, the best thing for the plant is to prune the stem. When the stem is carrying fruit that are not ready to be picked, you can make an attempt to repair the stem at least long enough to save your tomatoes. The type of stem breakage will require different fixes. Here are a few ways to fix your broken tomato plant.

Fix For A Bent Stem:
1: Gently pull the plant upright so the stem is straightened into its proper alignment.

2: Make a splint with something like a bamboo skewer or Popsicle stick along the stem with equal parts of the skewer reaching above and below the bend. Add one on the inside and outside of the bend for better support, if needed.

3: Take grafting tape and wrap the stem and splints to bond the pieces together.

4: Use a stake or you can tie the plant to help support the stem while it is recovering. When the plant stem grows, the splints may need to be removed and reset to allow for growth.

Fix Almost Snapped or Partly Broken Stems:
1: Gently pull the tomato plant upright to straighten out the broken part of the stem, so the pieces align together.

2: Make a splint with something like a bamboo skewer or Popsicle stick along the stem with equal parts of the skewer reaching above and below the bend. Add one on the inside and outside of the bend for better support, if needed.

3: Use grafting tape and wrap the stem and splints to bond the pieces together.

4: Use a stake or you can tie the plant to help support the stem while it is recovering. When the plant stem grows, the splints may need to be removed and reset to allow for growth.

Keep a close eye on the plant. If the section of the tomato plant above the break begins to wilt, the break did not heal its self.

During the healing time keep the plant watered as the soil dries but do not fertilize.

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