Friday, May 4, 2012

Grafted Plants Arrived

We signed up with Suttons to trial some of their grafted plants , tomatoes,peppers,cucumbers and peppers.They were supposed to arrive mid March but did not arrive until nearly a month later. This Spring has been so unpredictable weatherwise that was not a bad thing as plants will not be going out to their growing positions for another few weeks.I still have not got to grips with the new Blogger to upload my photos correctly so these are actually in the reverse to the way I wanted them...oh well!

This is a close  up of the graft on one of the tomato plants.When potting on tomato plants the soil is brought up to the bottom leaves to encourage new roots to grow to support the plant, with these it is advised to keep the soil below the level of the graft as the grafted plant can send out roots and cancel out the grafted root!

Another grafted tomato plant.I waited for days wondering when our plants were going to arrive until one evening a neighbour came to the door bearing a box marked urgent 'live plants'!I had been out when they came and my neighbour had agreed to hold them for me, she was watching out for my car in the car park but was not aware I had changed my car some weeks previously.The plants had been sitting in the box for nearly a week!



There were 15 plants in total packed into small plastic cases like root trainers.The compost was still slightly moist so I repotted them into pots and placed them on the bedroom window incubator
I am amazed at how quickly they grow!We have 2 tomato varieties,Conchita a cherry tomato that can produce up to 20 fruits per truss!
Elegance tomato, a popular variety great for everyday use
Cucumber Quatro a deliciously crisp and refreshing midi sized cucumber
Britney Pepper a sweet pepper that is quick to ripen from green to red
Aubergine Scorpio large glossy fruits that can be harvested up to 2 months earlier than a normal plant.
Back on the plot, the weather has kept us away but cabbages,onions,potatoes and leeks have gone in.
At home, cauliflower and brussel sprouts have been potted on
The hens still wait on their new home as I wait for a break in the weather to continue construction.

12 comments:

Matron said...

How fascinating! I look forward to seeing how they grow for you. Are you going to compare them with a non grafted tomato under the same conditions?
This new blogger format also has me confused for a while but I think there might be a couple of improvements once I get my head around it!

Ann said...

Looking forward to seeing how your grafted plants do, never heard of grafted tomatoes before. I'm getting my tomato plants from a local man who puts a 'for sale' sign out each year, this is the first year I've remembered to ask him for some.

Our weather has been terrible, hardly a day without rain.

Theanne said...

grafting vegetables...fruit trees, roses...and vegetables! I'm curious...is the concept the same as for fruit trees? I look forward to seeing how they grow and produce!

Willow said...

I had no idea they grafted vegetable plants. WOW. Tomorrow we are getting our raised beds ready and next week I will be transplanting in them.

PeggyR said...

Very interesting stuff you are doing! I do not like the new blogger stuff though!

Why I garden... said...

Grafted tomatoes sound interesting. I only heard of them for the first time this year watching a gardening programme on TV. I hope they do well for you! Keep us posted this summer.

Kellee said...

Will be interesting to see how much earlier the one named Aubergine is,and lucky your plants were ok after a week in the box.

Garden centre Hertfordshire said...

Very interesting stuff you are doing! I do not like the new blogger stuff though!

Barbarapc said...

Peggy, glad that the tomato/neighbour/new car situation turned out o.k. Very curious - what are they grafted to and why? Is it for disease, or plant yield? The good thing about new blogger is that it seems to put photos where I am in my blatherings rather than at the top where I have to squiggle them through down and put them where I want. The bad thing is that it had a little burp while I was working away and poof all was lost. The old "you get what you pay for" always flows through my mind when I'm having Blogger problems.
B

Marie said...

How awful that your grafted plants sat in the box a whole week while Your neighbor didn't know you'd changed cars! Yikes! They could have all died! They look wonderfully well, and I enjoyed reading about them!

Thanks for your kind comments on my blog! I am excited about my beginning garden and anxious to share some successes as the season progresses.

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Marie said...

Sorry you are having a cold snap and things are behind! Yes, the juniper berries are edible. These on my post are not ripe, but once they turn blue or pink (depending on the variety) they can be eaten. I understand they are not really delicious though. But they are used to make gin and also to flavor some meat dishes.