Is grafting tomatoes really useful when you go hydroponically on growing medium?

by Gus

As far as i know, the whole thing with grafting tomatoes is just to avoid soilborne diseases.
In a greenhouse when you hydroponically use growing medium like perlite, coconut, clay balls etc. etc. you don't have soilborne diseases.
So, why grafting when you don't have soilborne diseases?
It doesn't really offer any advantage.
Am i right or is there something about how useful grafting is that i don't know?

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Aug 15, 2014
Not necessary
by: Stella

Hi Gus,

We don't do any grafting whatsoever, so I really don't have an answer for you.


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Sep 21, 2014
grafting tomatoes
by: ckirkley

Grafting tomatoes is primarily to get a preferred variety of fruit that's produced by one plant and pair it up with disease resistances and various other strengths found in the rootstock you use. Most of these rootstocks are hybrids developed especially for said resistances. If you are not having problems with environmental variables such as molds, scales, viruses and fungi, there is no need to graft your tomatoes.

Bear in mind that if you are growing heirloom tomatoes, once grafted they will not produce heirloom seed. The seed will be a hybrid variety.

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