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.

Posted by

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

    • greg draiss
    • 8th June 2016


    • admin
    • 19th September 2016

    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!

    • Ray Eckhart
    • 14th October 2016

    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.

    • Susan INPH
    • 29th October 2016

    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.

    • Ray Eckhart
    • 3rd November 2016

    The Facebook Feed of the Garden Professors has a new video on another way to graft tomatoes, besides the ones referenced by GrowitEatit by Johnny’s and the University of Vermont, or the approach graft.

    • Suze in CO
    • 8th November 2016

    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.

    • VHenderson
    • 11th November 2016

    I bought one just to try it out. I also bought seeds to do my own grafting, but, alas, it is not as easy as it looks. I am going to try again next year.

    • Casa Mariposa
    • 15th November 2016

    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.

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