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Title: How does it taste a grafted tomato?
Post by: UK on July 12, 2011, 07:48:42 AM
I was wondering how a grafted tomato would taste like e.g. (if possible) Gardener's Delight (scion) onto a BeefSteak Tomato (rootstock). I mean... I will have then what? A GD looking like a BS and tasting like a GD, the opposite or a new tomato variety? Basically I do graft tomatoes for yield and disease resistence issues... then what about the taste? I've seen that you can graft heritage tomatoes onto different veriety of rootstocks... the taste will not change at all?
And another thing is... grafting tomato is not like creating a hybrid..right? So what about Clementines... Isnt it a grafted tree (orange with mandarin)?

Many thanks
Hello "sciencegravy"
I am sorry but "nowdays" tomatoes are grafted -_-...  sorry! Anyway thanks for the hybrid stuff explanation.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search=Search&resnum;=0&oi;=spell&search;_query=grafting+tomatoes&spell;=1&suggested;_categories=26%2C27%2C28&sa;=X


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomato_grafting


Title: Re: How does it taste a grafted tomato?
Post by: Will_Smith on July 14, 2011, 12:02:12 PM
It will taste like Chuck Norris roundhouse kicking you in the mouth.


Title: Re: How does it taste a grafted tomato?
Post by: J_B_Schneider on July 15, 2011, 04:11:47 AM
A tomato tastes like a tomato. Now a homegrown is superior over store bought for sure, but all these varieties are a little bit overkill in my opinion. Nothing in the world like a BLT with garden fresh tomato. OOOOOOHHHHHH   YYEEAAHHHH!!!!


Title: Re: How does it taste a grafted tomato?
Post by: sciencegravy on July 15, 2011, 04:27:34 AM
Tomatoes aren't "grafted".  Grafting is when you take a part of one woody tree or shrub, and attach it to the root stock, or cut trunk or branch of another related woody shrub or tree.  Tomatoes aren't woody enough to tie two different peices together.

Grafting a branch from one tree simply gives you more of the same tree.  Hybrds fruits are developed by a hit-and-miss process of cross pollinating the flower from one tree with a different kind, planting the resulting seed, and seeing what you get.

Hybrid tomatoes are ones that have been cross pollinated to produce new varieties.  Then new plants are often grown by simply taking cuttings from an existing plant and rooting them.  (pretty easily done with tomatoes). F1 Hybrids don't breed true to seed, and when you grow hybrids, you generally can't save the seed.  Or rather, you can, but the plant you get from the seed is often weak, and doesn't produce well.

Heirloom varieties are reliably self pollinating, and can therefore be grown generation after generation.


Title: Re: How does it taste a grafted tomato?
Post by: lakeainslie on July 15, 2011, 04:32:17 AM
Great question, but a hard one to answer for many reasons.  Firstly, it depends on which types you graft together. If you graft a salty tomato heirloom with a sweet tomato, the dominant plant will give the most flavor, with a combination of both. As you know, grafting tomatoes, is a special process that must be followed especially with ensuring there is not sunlight at all during the process.  There is much more, but as you noted, you do this for "yield and disease control" at this time. The exact same process should be used in a taste grafting... for example, you should choose your favorite flavors to try for a flavor you like the most.  Since grafting doesn't ensure "true" seeds from first production and you need several years of trying (unless you hit the lottery and get lucky asap) to make your own tomato variety, grafting for taste would be best suited with known varieties and their seeds on an annual basis until you get true seeds.  At which point, you can name them yourself and trademark.  Best of luck!!!