I posted some time ago regarding a second (late) planting of tomatos (California, Central Valley) and there seemed to be a split consensus on whether it would be better to start from seeds or root cuttings-
I tried both- I put seedlings in the ground in mid July and cuttings (yes they do indeed root) 3 weeks later in early August. Both took hold, but the seedlings have grown much faster, producing more robust plants and are now setting blooms, although my gut feeling is I should have put in a second planting 30 - 45 days earlier as I am not expecting much in the way of a yield (if any) as the days now grow shorter and nifghts /days are getting cooler
I am tempted to take cuttings and root and pot indoors through the winter to see if this gives me any headstart from seeds or seedlings from the nursery.
This year got off to a late start and while not bad, not as plentiful as last year (39 qts of sauce 21 juice last year--- 25 qts sauce and 9 juice this year)
anyway- for anyone who's considered- cuttings work, but seeds seem more "sure-thing", but it could be my technique, or perhaps I should have left them in water longer to develop more roots --to place in soil I set some seedling 6 packs in a tray full of water, set in cutting and slowly added soil to displace water, piulled from tray and after a week in the 6 packs, moved to ground
however, I do grow Shady Lady's and I have been told that seeds from them are not always dependable...although no one has divuldged how the seed companies get the seeds (but they are among the pricier seed)
Cheers from Sacratomato!