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Growing => Vegetables => Topic started by: smallholder in the city on March 11, 2011, 08:27:41 pm

Title: Grafting tomatoes
Post by: smallholder in the city on March 11, 2011, 08:27:41 pm
I've just been reading an article about grafting tomatoes in the Garden magazine has anyone tried this ?

The article describes using the approach grafting technique to join a rootstock with resistance to soil borne pests and diseases with the tasty fruit bearing top (scion) of your choice. it looks quite simple and apart from the disease resistance the grafted plants are apparently more vigorous, more cold tolerant with earlier, larger yields.

Buying already grafted tomatoes seems expensive (around 3 or 4 a plant ) but growing your own rootstock and fruiting top (scion) from seed seems relatively cheap in comparison. I'm sure it's not as easy as it sounds and probably needs a bit of practice hone your technique but if you've got a problem with soil borne pests and disease it could prove useful.     
Title: Re: Grafting tomatoes
Post by: Blonde on March 11, 2011, 11:46:20 pm
You need a budding knife and budding tape.      you buy one tomatoe that has been grafted and encourge the rootstock to grow a shoot then you can take cuttings of this, get them growing well.  Take a variety of tomato that you really like and bud this to the side of the  rooted cutting Dont take off the leaves from the rooted cutting off until you are sure the bud has taken.

To put a bud on you have to cut a "T" with your budding knife into the bark of the tomato plant but not cutting the inner wood.   Then slide  The bud you ahvetaken from your favourite  tomato bush into this "T" then using the budding tape,  tape the  bud up to prevent water from getting in an ruining all your hard work.  Dont take the actuall bud cause that has to grow but tape around to make water tight seal.  The tape is generally a greey colour and stretches some what
Title: Re: Grafting tomatoes
Post by: cluckingnuts on March 12, 2011, 12:17:34 am
I think it was Chiltern Seeds who used to sell a variety for rootstock. Don't know if they still do it, it was about 10+years ago. You can graft toms onto potato.
Title: Re: Grafting tomatoes
Post by: Blonde on March 12, 2011, 06:32:26 am
cause they are the same family