Growing tomato plants from slices
I saw a life hack that said tomato plants could be started from laying slices of tomatoes on topsoil. Approximately a wk after doing that, the pot has so many gnats and flying bugs, I couldn't count them all if I wanted to. What did I do wrong?
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It can be done, but most of the time it will rot, or attract insects. Sometimes its not always a good idea to do something just because it is possible.
The best thing to do will be to scrape a few of the seeds from a tomato when you slice it and then plant one or two seeds. There will be a problem when more than one tomato seed sprouts. They don't tend to grow well with multiple plants together.
In short, this is a poor method for starting tomato plants. It is nothing that you did wrong, but the method its self is faulty.
Beware of "lifehacks". Some can be useful, but I find that many of them just create more problems than they solve.