Splash out on a few grafted plants.

NZ Gardener - - Letters -

Grafted plants have been, well, grafted on to dif­fer­ent root­stock, which means they grow more vig­or­ously, fruit more quickly and heav­ily and have greater disease re­sis­tance. Var­i­ous veges are sold as grafted plants: look for grafted toma­toes, egg­plants and watermelons. The plants are more ex­pen­sive but, be­cause they fruit sooner, great if you want to grow a crop that’s mar­ginal in your cli­mate. Even in my Auck­land plot at the warmer end of the coun­try, I find the big­ger pur­ple egg­plants can be hit and miss when grown on their own roots, whereas grafted plants all but guar­an­tee you a crop. And be­cause you’ll get a heav­ier yield of fruit, grafted toma­toes are a great choice if you only have room for one or two plants.

Try grafted egg­plants.

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