When it comes to gardening, there is no reason to reinvent the wheel or, in this case, the tomato plant. Grafted Tomatoes have been around since the 1920s and are known for their superior taste and quality, increased production rates, ability to resist disease, and much more. Tomato grafting is the process of attaching the stem of one tomato plant to the rootstock of a different plant. This allows farmers to select a tomato based on taste and graft it to another rootstock with a more vigorous habit and superior disease resistance.
“What the rootstock variety brings to the partnership is a larger, more vigorous root system that lets the plant take up more water and nutrients,” said Barbara Damrosch, author of The Washington Post article, “The benefits of grafted tomatoes.”
“Rootstocks are also developed for their resistance to the many ills that can befall these plants (tomatoes, especially), which are mostly from soil-borne fungi, bacteria and nematodes,” she added. “There are also rootstocks that enable plants to withstand extremes of hot and cold, wet and dry — even salty conditions.”
Grafted Tomato Benefits
- Production: Grafted tomatoes produce 4-5 times the fruit of standard tomato plants.
- Quality: Grafted tomatoes are known for their quality and superior taste.
- Durability: Grafted tomatoes are more resistant to disease and soil borne pathogens than other tomato plants.
- Harsh Conditions: Grafted tomatoes stand up better to extreme elements and harsh conditions, like extreme temperatures or poor soils.
- Pesticides: Grafted Tomatoes reduce or even eliminate the need for pesticides.
- Harvest: Grafted tomatoes have a lengthier harvest season than standard plants.
Grafted Tomatoes Available at the Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater, Maryland
The Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater hand-selects the best vegetable seeds, seedlings, and plants – including Grafted Tomatoes – from local growers. With a little help from Ace, you could be enjoying fresh tomatoes and other vegetables all summer long.
- The Benefits of Grafted Tomatoes The Washington Post