How to grow
How to grow your own vegetables
Growing your own vegetables can be a satisfying and healthy hobby. To help you get the best results, we have put together some advice on planting, growing, dealing with pests and diseases and, of course, harvesting.
Click the links below for information on growing tomatoes, peppers, melons, watermelons, cucumbers and aubergines at home
How To Plant
How to plant grafted vegetables
When you’ve got your hands on your new grafted vegetables, you should plant them as soon as possible. As with most plants, your first job is to make sure they are well hydrated, so giving them a good water is always an ideal way to make sure the roots don’t dry out from the inside.
Pick a protected, well drained, sunny area of the garden or find a spare location in your greenhouse. If growing in a container, as you may want to do indoors or on your balcony or patio, check the size container you need. Recommended sizes can be found on the variety descriptions on GraftedVeg.com. Make a hole in the soil in your garden space or container that is slightly larger than the pot your plant is already in, and then remove the plant from the pot. Gently spread the roots out and check the hole is indeed large enough for the plant and complete root system.
It’s all about the grafting point!
Your next job, before planting, is to identify the grafting point. You’ll find this just above the soil level in the original pot, as a raised bump or ring on the main stem. There may also be a clip or tape helping to hold the graft in place. This helps strengthen the graft while the plants are very young. Don't remove this clip. It will naturally fall away as the plant grows and the stem thickens.
When you re-plant, make sure this grafting point is still just above the soil level. If you bury the graft, the top plant will grow new roots directly into the soil and you’ll lose all the benefits of the grafted roots. You also need to take care not to replant with the grafting point too high, as that allows the roots to put up their own shoots which will be a different variety to the one you chose. With tomatoes, it is important to stick to the rules for positioning of the grafting point even though the traditional way of planting tomatoes is to layer them under the ground to get more roots.
Look forward to some great crops
After you’ve settled your grafted plants into their final growing locations, water well, sit back and watch them grow! As the season progresses, treat the grafted vegetables just as you do the other plants in your garden – water when needed and protect from insects in the same way, plus use fertilizer as recommended. Tomatoes and peppers will need support as they grow, and the vining crops such as aubergines and melons like to have a sturdy trellis to ramble over.
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