Grafted Tomato Plants - our newest celebrity!
Grafted tomato plants require no special care - they are perfect for growing in the garden or patio
We are very proud to be among the first in this area to carry grafted tomato plants. What makes these so special? We are glad you asked.
History of Grafting
Vegetable grafting has been practiced in Asia for centuries, yet introduced to domestic farmers only about twenty years ago. Many university agricultural programs in the U.S. are busy developing new methods and varieties using this ancient practice.
What is Grafting?
Basically, grafting involves growing two sets of plants: the variety that has a particularly robust resistance to soilborne disease and vigor - the rootstock, and the variety prized for its delicious fruit - the scion variety. When both sets are similar in size (with two sets of leaves), the stems of both are cut, and the scion plant is attached to the rootstock and held in place with a clip. Eventually the two stems grow together as the cut heals over.
Benefits of Grafting
Grafting is the farmer's proverbial "marriage made in heaven." Because the rootstock used is very resistant to soilborne disease and poor soil conditions, yield is superior. Studies conducted at Johnny’s Selected Seeds research farm in Maine comparing grafted tomato plant yields with ungrafted, demonstrated a 48% increase in fruit production. Studies in other research farms and universities have reported similar yield increases.