Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Outstanding: Mighty 'Matos!

Each season there's something new that tries to catch our attention. Actually, there's usually so many new plants that we get a little overwhelmed!  In the sea of all things new for 2013, there are two plants that have managed to stand out from the rest:  Lavender Phenomenal (more to come on that later!) and Mighty 'Mato grafted tomatoes.

We are super excited for the Mighty 'Matos and have very high expectations for these little guys.  They have a great reputation for their productivity and flavor- that's where the grafting comes in.  A grafted tomato begins as two plants:   one which will be used as the rootstock (the bottom or root system of the plant) and one to be used as the scion (the fruit-bearing top of the plant).  In the case of Mighty 'Mato, the rootstock comes from their trademarked SuperNatural rootstock.  The rootstock and scion are then grafted together and are able to fuse and heal into one plant.

The benefits of these grafted vegetables allow growers to get the best of both worlds:  A strong, disease-resistant root system combined with exceptionally productive plants and sizeable, tasty tomatoes!  Who could ask for more?

Most importantly:  In order reap the benefits of the graft, its integrity needs to be maintained!  When planting, the graft CANNOT be buried.  But don't stress out too much, each plant comes with easy instructions!

We're so excited to try some of the unique types of Mighty 'Matos! Each of the types we have chosen to grow are known for their excellent flavor:

Grafted Brandywine:  An heirloom type.  Expected to produce one to two pound beefsteaks.

Grafted Chocolate Stripes:  Add some color to your salads!  Striped skin in green and scarlet.

Grafted Amish Paste:  An heirloom type.  Great for cooking, sauce and canning.

Grafted Bumblebee Purple:  A unique striped cherry type tomato with a great name, too!

Grafted Mortgage Lifter:  An heirloom type.  Known for it's productivity.

Also!  Grafted Big Bertha Pepper:  Will produce bell peppers up to seven inches long!

If you're curious to read more go to:  So as you're contemplating your summer garden, don't forget to ask yourself... "To graft, or not to graft?"  This year, that is the question!

-Anna Mary

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