The hottest plant on the market this late spring and early summer is not a new plant but an old favorite with a twist. Grafted tomatoes have made an appearance recently at Portland Nursery. Grafted vegetable plants are not new. For years growers in Europe and Japan have used disease resistant root stock and familiar fruiting varieties in combination to get better and bigger yields from their plants. Not only can they resist disease better, they can also handle stress better and even produce fruit earlier (depending on the variety) .
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Ken from Portland Nursery on Stark showed us a couple of the varieties that they carry and also showed us a double grafted plant that will produce 2 different types of fruit. Pretty awesome!
There are some tips for ensuring the success of your grafted plant. First, you can't plant these tomatoes deep. We have told you to plant your tomatoes deep, but these are grafted and if you plant the graft below the soil it will negate the benefits of the grafted root stock.
Also, you will want to use a tomato cage or support of some kind. The young plants will need the support until the graft becomes stronger. Keep an eye out for suckers coming from the graft and prune those off if they start to grow. If you are interested in trying these 'new' plants, check out the selection of plants available from Portland Nursery on Stark or Division. You can also learn more from the grower's website, Loghouse Plants.
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