Grafted tomato plants

VerdunVerdun Posts: 23,348
Anyone trying grafted tomato plants? I am growing gardeners delight and Shirley. Picking now and bumper crop heralds but the plants are expensive. I intended to grow standard tomatoes alongside to compare so I'm unsure if I would have had agood crop anyway.

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  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    You could say that the jury's still out on grafted toms, christopher. Some swear by them, others consider them an expensive folly. I lean towards the latter. They are often sold with claims of disease resistance but there are any number of traditional hybrid varieties around bred for the same disease resistance. Bearing in mind that resistance means just that - they will still become infected, but will battle on a bit longer.

    Still, the only test is to try grafted alongside traditional and see what happens.

  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,014

    I don't think I will bother with grafted Tomato plants - I have tried one this year but really can't see any difference to the ones I have grown from seed.The grafted Aubergines I am very impressed with - I have picked 6 large sized Aubergines from 3 plants and there are plenty more to come. The plants grown from seed are only just starting to produce

    Pam x

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  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    Overnight I emailed a friend in Sydney who tried grafted toms this (last, SH) season. He said they started producing earlier than the traditional plants but the traditionals caught up later. Overall, the grafteds probably produced a bit more fruit but nowhere near enough to justify the exorbitant cost.

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