GRAFTED HEIRLOOM TOMATOES FOR HYDROPONIC GREENHOUSE

by JERRY
(ST AMANT, LA)

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE OR KNOWLEDGE IF GRAFTED HEIRLOOM TOMATOES WOULD BE ECONOMICALLY BENEFICIAL IN GREENHOUSE HYDROPONIC SITUATION HERE IN SOUTH LOUISIANA (BETWEEN BATON ROUGE AND NEW ORLEANS)
THANKS

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Feb 03, 2014
Grafting Heirloom Tomatoes
by: Wayne Schultz

Heirloom tomatoes do very well as grafted plants, although I would not recommend them for growing hydroponically in a greenhouse.

I am grafting Maxifort root stock to Torero scions.

Am grasfting Pink Brandywine and Black Krim to RST-040-105-T root stock These will be planted in the outdoor garden

Expect about an 80%+/- germination rate when started in rockwool.

Feb 05, 2014
hydroponic growing of heirloom tomatoes
by: jerry

Wayne...thanks for the remarks...just kinda interested as to WHY you would not recommend grafting of heirlooms for greenhouse hydroproduction..thanks

May 20, 2014
Heriloom tomatoes
by: indoorgardenhq

I have grown heirloom tomatoes in my greenhouse on a trial basis and eventually stopped. There were two problems with them.

1. They were disease prone
2. They did not produce much compared to commercial varieties.

I knew that these would be problems so I had tested them on a small scale, but you would look at all these pristine tomatoes in the greenhouse and then get to the heirlooms and they'd be in terrible shape.

It is possible to grow them (and I would definitely graft them to do so) but you would need to manage them much more closely for disease issues and get a fantastic price to make it worth it for the low yield (even with grafting). In the very mild climate that you're growing in, they might be worth it. Where I am heating costs are too high to make it financially viable.

Good luck.


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