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Mon Oct 26, 2015, 04:51 PM

has anyone ever done tomato/potato grafts?

i read that you can graft a tomato seedling onto a potato start, and get both crops from the same plant.
anyone ever do this?

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Reply has anyone ever done tomato/potato grafts? (Original post)
mopinko Oct 2015 OP
NRaleighLiberal Oct 2015 #1
Galileo126 Oct 2015 #2
mopinko Oct 2015 #3
TeeYiYi Oct 2015 #4
mopinko Oct 2015 #5
TeeYiYi Oct 2015 #6

Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon Oct 26, 2015, 05:10 PM

1. I do some speculation about it in my book - haven't tried it.

I think that the biggest challenge is going to be dealing with potato vines that emerge from other eyes on the potato piece, as well as pests that the potato foliage could draw that could also impact the tomato. Probably no need to do a graft - just plant a seed potato at the same time you settle in your tomato plants. (can't envision what the advantage would be, I guess).

The other potential issue is that late blight is spread by infected potato plants, so there is a slight but real risk, mediated if one is confident of the lack of disease on the potato seedling piece.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon Oct 26, 2015, 06:40 PM

2. Interesting...

but as NRL asks (above), what would be the advantage?

(My gramps was a florist who used to try all sorts of crazy garden stuff. He best was hybridizing/breeding a "black" rose. It was really a deep-deep-deep indigo if you looked close enough.)

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Response to Galileo126 (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 26, 2015, 08:24 PM

3. advantage would be space, i assume.

not sure if the grafts give any advantage, like when you graft a fruit tree.
these grafteds are popping up commercially. google ketchup and fries.

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Response to mopinko (Original post)

Mon Oct 26, 2015, 10:02 PM

4. The other day...

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...I ate a tomato that had completely sprouted from inside. I left it with my parents, about a month ago, and when I visited a few days ago, it had completely sprouted from within.

I kind of wish I'd have planted it instead of eating it, but I have to admit... it was delicious.

TYY

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Response to TeeYiYi (Reply #4)

Mon Oct 26, 2015, 11:18 PM

5. that's pretty crazy.

never seen anything like that.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #5)

Mon Oct 26, 2015, 11:44 PM

6. Me either.

Never. That's why I kind of regret eating it instead of planting the sprouts.

But, as I said, it was delicious! Live food is supposed to be better for you, nutritionally. I like to soak raw almonds overnight in water, which starts the sprouting process and turns them into living food.

TYY

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