Grafted Tomatoes! A Million of Them!

Grafted Tomatoes! A Million of Them!

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Holy Brandywine, did you know that over a million grafted tomatoes have been sold in the United States? It’s true!

So says Anne Raver in the NYT’s latest dip into the grafted veggie thing.

So. Massive, disease-resistant, hardy rootstock pumping out more tomatoes than ever before. Have you tried it? What do you think?  (And if you did, did you grow them in a container?  Because I hear that the rootstock really needs room to dig down deep, and most containers aren’t big enough.)

Let us hear from you.

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Amy Stewart
on June 5, 2013 at 6:15 am, in the category Eat This.


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  1. Not a chance that I’m ever going to pay a premium for a grafted tomato. They may or may not produce more than a Brandywine on their own roots, but they won’t produce more than 4 Brandywine’s will and I’ve got plenty of space!

  2. We bought rootstock seeds from Johnny’s to do our own – just ‘cuz we have enough plant geeks in our group who wanted to try it. Unfortunately, we waited too long to do the grafts, so one had one take. We have some root stock plants left and will be attempting an approach graft.

  3. I’ve been growing and grafting my own from Johnny’s Maxifort seed stock for about 3 years now. I use the tongue approach graft myself since it’s a safer bet for beginners.

  4. I brought a few of these home from the garden center where I work last summer. Now granted, last year’s drought didn’t do anyone’s tomatoes any favors, and I did plant them in (big) containers, but I was NOT impressed – slow growth, few tomatoes, and they sucked water a lot more than my non-grafted plants did. I’ll stick to the seedlings I start in the basement, thanks.

  5. I grew Heatmaster tomatoes last year that were ok – not fabulous. I’m not sure if they were grafted or not or just hybrids. This year I grew Yellow Brandywine and Principe Borghese from seed. I don’t really like the idea of grafting. I want to know what I’m getting all the way down to the roots.

  6. I am growing one plant as part of a informal study via the master gardener program. This will perhaps be a poor year for testing, as it’s been miserbaly cool and wet for spring. I finally planted all my heat lovers on 6/02/13, and since then, it’s been in the low 60’s with the exception of one day. Then, the high was 53.

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