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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

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Grafted vegetables now in garden centres

Posted by Graham Rice on 07 May 2010 at 02:56 PM

Tomato 'Conchita' Image: ©Suttons Seeds. All rights reserved.At the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show last year, Suttons Seeds showed their grafted vegetables. An extensive collection was available for mail order customers earlier this season but these plants are now available in selected garden centres across the country.

But what’s so great about grafted vegetables? Well, the idea is that tasty and productive varieties are grafted on to specially developed disease resistant rootstocks. This enables you to plant the same crop in the same greenhouse or garden soil year after year. The plants also produce crops on average about two thirds heavier than they would if the same varieties were grown from seeds.

So you can either enjoy heavier crops from the same number of plants you normally grow. Alternatively, grow fewer plants than usual without sacrificing yield – and try some other crops as well. Or perhaps grow vegetable for the first time. If you’re new to growing these crops, these grafted plants are more likely to be successful.

So these four tomatoes and four other crops are available in selected garden centres now:
Cherry Tomato ‘Conchita’ (above, click to enlarge) – Large cherry tomatoes with a fine flavour.
Beefsteak Tomato ‘Belriccio’ – Prolific and tasty, ideal for the barbecue and Mediterranean salads.
Standard Tomato ‘Elegance’ – Robust plants with deep red, delicious standard-size fruits.Chilli pepper 'Medina' Image: ©Suttons Seeds. All rights reserved.
Plum Tomato ‘Dasher’ – Small plum fruits, very tasty.
Aubergine ‘Scorpio’ – Very early and crops heavily.
Chilli Pepper ‘Medina' (left, click to enlarge) – Vigorous, with 15cm/6in chillies ripening from green to red. “Sensibly hot”!
Red Pepper ‘Britney’ – Tasty and productive peppers to harvest red.
Green Pepper ‘Prego’ – Large virus-resistant and tasty peppers to harvest green.

These grafted vegetables can all be grown outside in a sunny, sheltered position. Plants cost £3.99 each and are available in one hundred selected garden centres across the country, including all four RHS plant centres. For specific information on stockists in your area ring 0800 783 8074.

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bacon cheeseburger said:

i know of grafting fruit trees, this has been done for years. but this is the first time i have heard "grafting veg plants", i would have thought that the stems would be to soft?

on 09 May 2010 at 06:41 PM