|Burpee grafted Brandywine Pink tomatoes|
In March I wrote about my purchase of three grafted tomato plants (Brandywine Pink, Mortgage Lifter, and Rutgers) from Burpee.
They were expensive—more than $10 each, including shipping—but how could I resist trying the tomato fad of 2013—grafted plants with heirloom tops and disease-resistant roots that reportedly could give superior yields.
The three transplants arrived nicely and securely in a plastic clamshell package in the week I had requested for delivery. I planted them according to directions—on pain of death, don’t plant the graft joint below soil level—and watched the three plants grow and produce.
Have I been I impressed? Not really.
If you grew grafted tomatoes this last summer—Burpee or other brand—please post a Comment about your experience.
Were they each worth the better part of $11? No. The plants grew well, but their production was ordinary or less.
|Burpee grafted Rutgers tomatoes|
Rutgers produced a dozen or so mostly baseball-sized fruit with good flavor. I haven’t grown any of the Rutgers varieties, so I cannot compare to past crops.
The best of the three was Mortgage Lifter, which yielded about 10 medium to large fruit with outstanding “true, old-time tomato flavor,” better tasting than even Brandywine Pink, at least to my tastebuds.
For me the grafts were an interesting “trial” but the results were disappointing. I feel I could have grown equivalent fruit from seed, or even from plants bought at a local nursery, at a fraction of the cost.
Grafts again next year? I think I’ll stick with seed packets, thank you.
If you grew grafted tomatoes this past summer—Burpee or another brand—please post a Comment about your experience.
|Burpee grafted Mortgage Lifter tomatoes|