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11/08/2012 at 00:37
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.
11/08/2012 at 09:20

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.

11/08/2012 at 13:16

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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12/08/2012 at 08:55
Will let everyone know in a few weeks how grafted plants did. Right now all looks very promising but maybe standard varieties would have been the same this year. They were expensive about ??3 each I think......it goes against my basic reason for growing tomatoes, viz., economical food
12/08/2012 at 09:21

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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