Tomato Grafting update | 4 weeks

Growing and growing and growing…

IMG_6319IMG_6321We found that the tomatoes with the pink clips (below left) all grafted perfectly….all those with the clear style (below right) failed. They were not tight enough for the growth. Those where we could change clips, we did; but most were rooting above the graft, so we simply replanted in the same potsTomatoGrafting 4 weeks - 6


Tomato Grafting | update

Tomato grafts made it through their initial healing period in a temperature controlled and high humidity chamber. All but one graft appears to be doing well (top left – graft came apart when removed from healing chamber).IMG_3338

Avocado tree grafting | Naples, FL

Today, we met the most charming and inspiring couple, Jenny and David Burd of Friendly Burd Tree Service as they were presenting a Fruit Tree Grafting workshop in Naples, FL. We learned how to graft avocado and mango trees. For us students, learning how to graft means being able to prune years off what it would usually take to raise a mature fruit tree, allowing us to produce a viable food source in a short period of time. For example, a mango tree grown from seed can take 7-9 years to bear fruit, whereas a grafted mango tree can produce fruit in as little as 3 years. Grafting also provides farmers with an opportunity to create trees that are able to withstand a variety of climates and environments. You will also know more about the characteristics of the fruit they’ll be producing, in particular the quality and taste of the fruit by grafting known scions of existing delicious mango trees with resistant and hardy rootstocks. David Burd is known as SW Florida’s grafting guru and the Mango Man with more than 70 mango trees in his backyard.


Thank you Robert Halman at Collier County IFAS for putting this workshop together.

Avocado Grafting
Mango Grafting

Vegetable Grafting of a Tomato | Naples, FL

Vegetable grafting, in particular tomatoes, is big business here in Florida where 50% of domestically produced tomatoes are grown. Grafting is done to produce tomatoes that have a great taste quality in addition to resistance to pest and fungal pressures. Tube Grafting is done over a 5 week period, starting with planting the rootstock and the scion. Grafts are made after 12-19 days from seeding. These grafted plants are then moved to the healing chamber, where they must have high humidity 85-95% RH and have constant temps of 75-80F. During the healing process, the plant forms a callus and reconnects the vascular bundles within the stem.  Tim and I grafted grape tomatoes, roma tomatoes as well as round tomatoes today. They are in the healing chamber and will come out on Monday, Oct 14th to become acclimated and then planted in a soiless Square Foot Garden. The other seedlings have been put in the AeroGarden.IMG_3289Grafting is not necessary in aquaponic and hydroponic production and is generally only used in soil-based production, but it was a fun test ! Thank you Monica Ozores-Hampton, PhD.

Tomato Grafting Resources:
Tomato Rootstock
Tomato Varieties