Increase Yields, Suppress Disease with Grafted Tomatoes
Grafting vigorous, disease-resistant tomato rootstocks to desirable fruiting varieties has become a cost-effective method for growers to overcome many disease and production related issues.
Grafting tomatoes can improve production and overall crop health and vigor; reduce or eliminate the need for pesticide use; lengthen harvest duration; and significantly increase net income.
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Results of Our Grafted Tomatoes Trial
In 2010, we used the hoophouse tomato trial at Johnny’s research farm in Albion, Maine to quantify the yield boost resulting from using a vigorous tomato rootstock grafted to a desirable fruiting variety. Sets of three plants of each variety were grown, with three grafted to #2700 Maxifort and three grown on their own roots. Yields averaged over 40% higher for the grafted plants. Results are tabulated below.
|Tomato Variety (scion)
|| 3-Plant Total
|#2064 Cobra (grafted)||67.5 lb.||22.5 lb.|
|#2064 Cobra (ungrafted)||51.6 lb.
|#2794 Geronimo (grafted)||89.6 lb.||29.8 lb.|
|#2794 Geronimo (ungrafted)||53.8 lb.
|#2765G Arbason (grafted)||60.6 lb.||20.2 lb.|
|#2765G Arbason (ungrafted)||53.5 lb.
|#2373 Trust (grafted)||55.4 lb.||18.4 lb.|
|#2373 Trust (ungrafted)||30.2 lb.
|| 10.1 lb.