Saturday, May 4, 2013

Grafted Tomatoes??? Yep. Grafted Tomatoes.

Every year I check the gardening catalogs for some new plant invention
that I haven't ever tried before.
This has led to some very interesting gardening "experiences".

This year, while perusing the Territorial Seed catalog, I discovered
Grafted Tomatoes.
Yes!  This is true!
They had actually grafted named tomato varieties
(hybrid and heirloom)  onto "SuperNatural" rootstock. they are upon arrival.  All three.

Hardly looks like (ahem) $41 worth of tomatoes
(including shipping), does it?

But wait!  Listen to a bit from the Territorial Seed catalog:
SuperNatural rootstock's "formidable resistance 
to a broad range of soil-borne diseases and nematodes 
keeps plants healthy and productive all season.
It also increases the plants' tolerance to both cold and heat
for an extended harvest..... the only readily available rootstock
that is untreated and suitable for certified organic production
and always non-genetically modified.
V, CR, FOR, F1, N TMV."

If that last line looks like something off an eye test chart,
I'll tell you that it's a pretty formidable array of local plant diseases.
The ones that get my tomatoes almost every season.

So here they are:
(look carefully and you'll see the graft line on each)

Indigo Rose, described as a distinct BLUE-colored tomato
(Okay, I'll admit, I'd have bought it just for THAT
wouldn't you?)
 "the first high-anthocyanin tomato commercially available".

Momotaro - ranked as an "unsurpassable" pink tomato.
I hear that it is deliciousness personified. 
(If a tomato can personify...)

 We love SunGold cherry tomatoes. Nothing is sweeter.
They are sweeter than our Triple Crown blackberries!
I love the way they look mixed with red cherry tomatoes.
So, look....
grafted together: SunGold AND Sweet Million.


This is going to be ssssoooooooo cool.

If I can keep the blasted mole/vole alliance from destroying them first.

1 comment:

  1. Who knew?! You'll have to give us weekly update photos!


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