First, a word or two about grafting. Here's how it works: the top part of the tomato variety you want (in the case of this collection, either Beefsteak, Early Girl, or Juliet) is attached to the root system of another, more vigorous variety. We have chosen a variety that is resistant to a wide range of tomato diseases, including Fusarium Wilt races 1 and 2, Nematodes, Fusarium Crown Root Rot, Corky Root Rot, Tobacco Mosaic Virus, and Verticillium Wilt. Unbeatable protection!
When you receive your plants, you'll see the grafting site, covered with a clear plastic splint. (As the plant grows, the splint will pop off; no action required on your part!) Plant and grow your tomato like any other, with one exception: if any branches appear BELOW the graft site, prune them off, because they won't be the true variety.
Grafted tomatoes are so vigorous and productive that many people prune them down to 2 or 3 main branches to train up a trellis or other support, but this isn't necessary as long as you have the space for the full plant. Just make sure you give the plant plenty of support, and keep it well-aerated. (If the branches become too dense in the center of the plant, do a little judicious pruning.) All our grafted tomatoes are indeterminate, meaning they continue to grow and produce all season long. So find a sturdy support and watch this plant take off!
In this collection you get 3 varieties: Beefsteak, an heirloom renowned for its heavy production of lightly ribbed, slightly flattened fruits 4 to 5 inches in diameter with a sweet yet meaty bite. Early Girl, the classic early-maturing slicer, with scrumptious 4- to 6-ounce fruits almost guaranteed to be the first to ripen on the block. And Juliet, an award-winning grape tomato with heavy yields of sweet, true red, 1-ounce oblong fruits, arising in big clusters and showing great crack resistance.
Whether you're new to growing grafted tomatoes or returning to these powerhouses after a successful season last year, you're going to be wowed by the 3 varieties in this collection. Get ready for great eating! Pack of 3.