Grafted tomatoes are the most exciting thing to hit the herb and veggie business in a long time. These unique vegetables (fruits?) are made by attaching the top of one plant (called the scion) to the root system of another type of plant (called the rootstock).
When the union is complete, the resulting plant reaps benefits from both parents. The rootstock contributes vigour and disease resistance and the scion (the top) is choosen for the fruit type, flavour, yield and quality. The end result should be a healthier plant, more tomatoes and fewer issues with disease.
While grafting has been used on trees, shrubs and many other types of plants for centuries, it is relatively new for tomatoes and soon other plants like peppers, eggplant, and cucumbers.
As grafted tomatoes are new to the Pacific Northwest, we look forward to growing them this year and seeing how they perform in our climate. Plant a few yourself and let us know how they are doing!
Benefits of Grafted Tomatoes
- Increased vigour
- Improved quality and quantity of fruit
- Greater disease and environmental tolerance
- Larger harvest over a longer period of time
Growing Grafted Tomatoes
Unlike traditional tomatoes, do not plant grafted tomatoes deep. They should not be planted any deeper than they are in the pot. Otherwise, treat them as you would other tomatoes. Plant in full sun, water regularly and apply a tomato fertilizer as required. Stake varieties as required.
This year Arts Nursery is proud to offer an attractive selection of grafted tomato varieties. Quantities are limited so hurry in and get yours today...