Grafted Tomato plants vs. Non-grafted Tomato plants?

by Wayne Schultz
(Collegeville, Pa)

In my hoophouse I have twenty-four Dutch Pots with Perlite that I grow my tomatoes in. This past season production has been off considerably, largely due to the excessive heat we had in July. I grew both Trust and Cobra and yields have been below normal.

Am planning on switching to Geronimo next season, the question is will grafted plants produce greater yields than non-grafted plants when grown hydroponically? A chart in Johnny's Seed indicates a 66% increase in soil grown grafted Geronimo over non-grafted plants.

Information regarding grafted plants in the hydroponic world is hard to find. Any advice would certainly be welcome.
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Answer from Stella/Simon:


So sorry Wayne, but we have no experience with grafting of tomato plants. Am posting in hopes that maybe someone out there can help.

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Apr 01, 2014
The benefits of grafted Tomato Plants
by: Bob Watson

I live in Scotland and we often have a damp climate with the result fungus diseases can be a problem during some summers.
I tried various tomato varieties with their various so called resistance to diseases such as the above, but either got good plants and fruit that didn't taste so good or suffered fungal problems.
Three years ago I trialled grafted tomato, pepper and cucumber plants and was really amazed at both the growth and crop attained as well as the health of the plant and roots right up to the point of removing the finished plant at the end of the season. By using "wild" type rootstocks which have acquired resistance in a natural environment over many generations, and then grafting modern good cropping, good tasting new varieties of tomato to them, we have the best of both worlds. The root systems were far larger than ordinary modern varieties and the top growth was massive as well.
In conclusion, I and many of my gardening friends found grafted plants, though more expensive than ordinary seed grown varieties, were far better overall both in terms of health, flavour and crop.
Hope this helps,
Bob W.

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