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Old January 1, 2018   #1
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Default My Florida tomato grafting experiment

So I've tried grafting tomatoes 5 times already with horrible results........ until now! After some trial and error and many many online guides, I found a decent technique. Nothing earth shatteringly different. I found the key elements are the dome chamber - johnnyseeds - to keep good moisture, matching the angles of the cuts as precisely as possible, starting kinda earlier than I thought at about two to three weeks with 2.0 mm grafting clips from johnnyseeds, which seem to be smaller and lighter, and not keeping them in the dark for too long - only about 3 days. I also used grow lights and did the healing indoors where I could control for temperature. I got a 9/24 success rate. It's better than zero![IMG][/IMG]

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Old January 2, 2018   #2
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That's good news for you! You will continue to get better results as you keep at it. I haven't tried grafting due to the time it takes to get rolling, but I know that patience is one of my biggest challenges when I try something new.
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Old January 2, 2018   #3
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The alternative to grafting yourself is to buy grafted plants from one of the few nurseries who graft.

These guys do a great job, and if you need trays of grafted plants, the pricing is great.
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Old January 9, 2018   #4
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I grafted about a dozen tomato plants in 2016, using Spirit as the rootstock. All of them survived but they needed a long time to heal & did not out-perform my non-grafted seedlings.

The Spirits grew faster than the scions. So, matching them was an issue & 1/3 ended-up being discarded.

I will try again this year using Beefmaster (which is VFN-resistant) rather than a special stock. Hopefully, this will sidestep the timing/sizing problem, save money & avoid waste.
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Old January 9, 2018   #5
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hi, new here first post!
going to try grafting this year was wondering about letting rootstock grow and rooting some suckers... then grafting onto them.. would it work? what about using suckers as scions ? I have some rootstock seeds and some heirloom seens and a couple of months to play with this.. midwestern winters are cold...
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Old January 10, 2018   #6
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You can absolutely use suckers as root stock. Last year I took the grafters' advice on T-ville and re-rooted the tops that I cut off the rootstock. Worked great.
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