Hard graft

In the warm spring weather we’ve had this week we’ve worked hard to plant out most of our tomato plants and the aubergines.  All our tomato plants are grown from seed that we saved from last year’s tomatoes.  However, we usually buy grafted aubergine plants because they are so much more productive and give us a lot of aubergines in a relatively small space.  These plants are aubergine seedlings which have been grafted on to a variety of tomato that has very vigorous roots – the resulting plants produce up to 50 aubergines each, rather than an ungrafted plant’s 6 to 10 at most.

aubergine plants

When we buy them the plants are about 20 to 25 cm tall with big leaves, and they look as though they will grow strongly once planted out.

graft

The graft shows clearly on the stem of the plant and it’s important to make sure it’s not covered with soil when replanting, otherwise a tomato plant will start to grow from the root.

planted

All five plants in the ground, with strong stakes to support them once they start to branch and bear fruit and a deep watering channel running alongside the row.

8 thoughts on “Hard graft

  1. I’d heard of grafted fruit trees but had no idea that vegetable plants were also grafted and to such great effect. Incredible! Like you, my Grandfather used seeds from the largest tomato of his garden for the following year’s plants. We always had plenty of tomatoes. 🙂

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