Tomato Grafting Information

Grafting is a proven way to incorporate disease resistance and increase production efficiency into tomato transplants. Heirlooms are susceptible to disease and low fruit production. Grafted heirlooms give you the best of both worlds. Disease resistance, bountiful production, beautiful colors, and delicious taste!

Grafting Tomatoes

The objective of grafting tomatoes is to combine and utilize beneficial traits of both the rootstock plant and the scion plant (the top plant that yields fruit). Your heirloom tomato plants from Heirloom Haven will still produce unique, eye catching delicious tomatoes. It will also produce more of them!

The advantages of grafting tomato rootstock onto your favorite tomato varieties include:

More Tomatoes

This is especially useful for heirloom varieties where quantity of fruit may be low.

Earlier Tomatoes

Avoid green tomatoes at the end of the season and get them ripened before late blight takes over.

Plant in Same Soil

Plant in same soil* – reduces the hassle of having to sterilize containers and buy new bags of multi-purpose compost which can be expensive – a real advantage for the greenhouse border!

This happens because rootstock provides the following benefits:

Increases the yield of your favourite variety – more tomatoes!

Increases the speed at which the plants grow – earlier tomatoes!

Increases disease resistance – use soil from last season!

If you’ve heard of rootstock and grafting but haven’t quite investigated it yet, here’s how it works:

  1. A rootstock seed is sown at about the same time as a tomato seed.
  2. When both seedlings are between 4 to 6inches (10 to 15cm) tall, the rootstock seedling and the tomato seedling are cut about 2inches above their base.
  3. The top part of the tomato seedling is joined to the bottom part of the rootstock seedling – hence, the tomato seedling gets a new root system. The cut is then allowed to heal and the plant grows as normal.

Reference - Rootstock Information:

Rootstock For Our Cherry Tomatoes

Certified Organic Maxifort is a strong, vigorous rootstock with a positive generative effect on the growth of the cultivar grafted on it. A Maxifort graft results in a plant with remarkable stamina that plows through non-ideal growing conditions for long and steady production on all cultivars, optimizing fruit size and productivity until the end of the cultivation cycle. Maxifort is a highly popular rootstock for modern growers that have issues with less than ideal growing conditions, inherent plant weakneses, want more, bigger fruit, earlier fruit and maximizing the duration of the growing season. In addition, Maxifort confers high resistance to Fusarium wilt races 1 and 2, Fusarium crown and root rot, nematodes, corky root rot, tomato mosaic virus, and Verticillium wilt. An important tool in your quest to grow a masterpiece.

Rootstock For Our Large Tomatoes

Certified Organic DRO141TX (DRO) tomato rootstock has the highest yield potential in the De Ruiter selection of rootstock portfolio. It increases the vigor and endurance of a scion and is especially useful for long crops and for scions that are both vegetative or generative in nature. DRO puts a higher proportion of energy into the fruit than other vegetative rootstocks, without compromising on vigor. For growers who tend to have excessively vegetative plants early in the season, this may be easier to balance. Known for its exceptional ability to overcome inherent plant weaknesses, especially that of heirloom plants, DRO has be proven to carry a crop through high temperatures and long seasons just as well as Maxifort. High resistance to Fusarium races 1, 2, Fusarium crown and root rot, leaf mold, corky root rot, tomato mosaic virus, and Verticillium wilt. A tool on your journey to growing a masterpiece.