Grafted vegetable plants offer us gardeners’ plants which have greater vigour and much more resistance to soil borne pests and diseases, such as nematodes – particularly useful if you grow in the greenhouse border soil each year, where crop rotation is somewhat limited. The grafting process brings together the best attributes of two different plants – a species rootstock and a hybrid variety. The hybrid variety is grafted to the species rootstock to produce plants which are strong and vigorous, which in turn, produce more fruits and heavier yields. Although traditionally greenhouse grown, we have found, over the last few years, that plants, if placed in a warm and sunny position, will also crop well outside too – even more reason to grow them!
Today, almost all commercial production of cucumbers, capsicums and tomatoes, in Europe, is done using grafted plants – you too can do what the professionals do! Some varieties could reach 3m in height given the space! Supplied as well-established plants in 9cm pots. Please note – do not remove the plastic grafting clip. It will fall off naturally as the plant grows.Read more
How to grow our Grafted Plants
Sending plants by post may cause them a little stress, so unpack them immediately and if dry, stand them for a few minutes in a little water until the compost is fully moist again. You may notice a slight yellowing of the foliage or that they look a little drawn but this is quite natural after they have been in a dark box and is nothing to be worried about, they will soon recover.
Plants will arrive ready for transplanting into their final positions, which can be either a larger container or in the border soil. If container planting, use a well-balanced potting compost. If planting directly in the soil, ensure the ground is free of weeds and enrich with some well-rotted compost/manure. When planting, make sure the point at which was the graft was made remains above soil level, otherwise the variety will produce roots, and all the advantages of a strong and robust rootstock will be lost.
Grafted plants are strong and vigorous, so we recommend feeding your plants from when the first flower buds appear. Use a fertilizer which contains high levels of potash and feed once a week to start with, increasing to twice a week when the plant is cropping well. Most grafted plants will need some support as they grow, especially tomatoes and aubergines. Ensure the support used is strong enough to bare the weight of the plant – thick bamboo canes tend to do the job well. Show less