How to Graft Tomatoes

| 2/26/2014 12:32:00 PM

Tags: grafting, tomatoes, California, The Natural Gardening Company,

Interest in tomato grafting is high among gardeners these days. Grafted plants can be expensive and sources of supply are few. Learning how to do it yourself not only saves money but gives you unlimited options for what varieties you choose to graft. With a little practice, you can become skilled at this worthwhile technique. The benefits of learning include a more productive and disease-resistant tomato crop.

This blog post covers the steps that go into the process commonly called “head grafting,” also known as Japanese grafting, because this is where the technique was first developed. This method allows you to graft your chosen tomato variety (the scion) with rootstock. Rootstock does not produce fruit or foliage but is vigorous and resistant to diseases.

Materials for Grafting Tomatoes

1) Silicone grafting clips (the most popular sizes are 1.5 and 2.0mm);

2) A new, straight edged razor blade;

3) A spray bottle filled with water;

4) Rootstock seeds (we offer a certified organic variety called Estamino that is vigorous and produces well-balanced plants);

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