Fresh is best when it comes to nearly all vegetables, but when it comes to tomatoes, there's really no comparison. If you want to grow the biggest, best, and most flavorful tomatoes yet, you should think about using grafted tomatoes.
Grafted tomatoes are special for a number of reasons. As a means of introduction, here are some answers to common questions about these exciting vegetable plants:
Grafted tomatoes are simply two tomato plants that have been grown together (or grafted). This results in stronger, more healthy tomato plants because they inherit the best characteristics of both varieties.
Since grafted tomatoes take on the best properties of their two varieties, they offer tons of benefits over traditional seed-grown tomatoes. These include increased vigor for bigger, better fruit, a greater tolerance to soil, temperature and weather extremes, resistance to soil-borne diseases and larger harvests over extended periods.
The most important consideration when planting grafted tomatoes is to keep the graft line well above soil level. Since these plants are so vigorous, we also highly recommend providing support such as strong stakes or an extra large cage. For best production, prune a single grafted tomato to two leaders and then give each leader its own support to climb.
Although we can't promise that grafted tomato plants will be completely disease free, they are much more disease resistant than normal tomato plants and are able to withstand common soil borne and insect diseases. These include common funguses and blights that typically hamper tomato production. This natural resistance also eliminates the need to use chemicals to manage these problems!