Grafting vegetables usually involves grafting tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers in a high tunnel greenhouse with high relative humidity. When grafting tomatoes, for example, the process typically involves selecting a stock of tomatoes based on their ability to resist infection, hold a delicious taste and produce the most harvest per unit of land.
According the USA Today article titled “Grafted Tomatoes become super producers”, The National Gardening Association's annual survey found that while overall gardening activity, which includes everything from landscaping to potted plants, fell from $36 billion in 2008 to $29 billion in each of the last three years, vegetable gardening sales were up by roughly 20%, to about $1.7 billion annually.
Many large farming producers and local gardeners are claiming that grafting vegetables is one of the most critical advancements in growing over the past century.
But is grafting vegetables the right fit for you and your high tunnel greenhouse garden? Here’s a list of pros and cons to consider.
They’re Fussy: Grafting vegetables is a delicate process and requires extensive planning. It’s also labor-intensive, so you can expect a large amount of hard work and dedication in order to yield success.
They’re Pricy: Grafting vegetables also requires special growing conditions which in turn mean more costs for your high tunnel greenhouse. Expect to pay anywhere from $7.95 or more for a grafted plant which is more than twice the price of a normal plant.
It’s Profitable: Grafted Vegetables are carefully chosen for their high quality taste, success rate, and ability to resist infection. Although it might cost you more, you can expect yield that is sometimes 3-4 times bigger than normal.
It’s Environmentally Friendly: Grafted Vegetables involves less space, so you’re making the most out of your soil. It also requires less chemical usage. So you don’t have to worry about spraying your vegetables with lots of expensive pesticides which is not only better for the environment, but also your customers.
So is grafting vegetables right for you?
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