What to do for some slight damage on stalk of tomato plant? I have had my tomato plants in the ground for about 4 weeks. I went out to do some pruning and pinching off of suckers. As I was pinching back on the very bottom branch of one of my plants, the branch did not break off clean and took a slight bit of stem with it. I am worried now it will die. These are very healthy plants that have blooms already and are disease resistant. I am worried because the damage happened close to the soil line. Is there anything I can do to help this plant?
Damage on Stalk of Tomato Plant
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Unless the stem is very deeply torn or broken clean off, the best you can do is let it harden itself off. If you want to try grafting the stem, this article will walk you through how: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/reattaching-broken-stems.htm
This article will help you identify whether your plant is one of the kinds that this type of repair will work on: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/determinate-vs-indeterminate.htm