Grafted Veggie Pre-Order 2021
Secure your favourite cutting edge edibles for a new season of bumper crops!
When grafted veggies were first introduced in Canada in 2014, we were intrigued but sceptical. What was this new-fangled group of edibles? Were they a “franken-food”? Were they a gimmick? Would grafting desirable cultivars onto specially selected root stocks really deliver on the promise of increased yields, vigour, and disease resistance?
As they say, the proof is in the pudding. Or, in this case, the proof is in the harvest. Our customers have been coming back year after year for more Mighty Matos, Mighty Veggies, and Mighty Melons because they perform and produce, often to an outstanding degree.
The Mighty line of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, and melons are created using an age-old technique of propagating plants: grafting. More common in the world of woody plants, especially with fruit trees and roses, pioneering efforts over the last couple decades have led to techniques for grafting annual vegetables. The initial research and development was driven by the need to maintain agricultural production on degraded soils or to enhance production in less than optimal regions to maintain food security. Different root stocks were bred to address a wide range of growing challenges for farmers. Onto these vigorous, disease-resistant, and tolerant root stocks were grafted desirable edible cultivars.
The Mighty line of edibles represent the application of this technique to the gardening world with root stocks specially bred to provide more vigour, disease resistance, heat and cold tolerance, and increased yields to the home gardener. The results can be impressive and even astonishing. With proper care, ample water, sun and heat, and good fertilizing, a single Mighty cultivar can produce 2-3 times more fruit per plant than the same cultivar on its own roots. In a home garden experiment, one of our Richmond customers got 100 pounds of ‘Brandywine’ tomatoes from one grafted plant – two years in a row! For gardeners in small spaces or those with limited time, the Mighty veggies are especially valuable to achieve great crops with less space and less effort. For lovers of heirloom varieties, the Mighty veggies also dramatically increase yields.
The grafting technique has been taken a step further with Ketchup ‘n Fries which combines one of the world’s sweetest cherry tomatoes, ‘Sweet Aperitif’, with a vigorous potato rootstock. You’ll get hundreds of delicious, red cherry tomatoes throughout the summer and fall and then a few pounds of potatoes to harvest in the fall after the tomato foliage begins to die down. Note that fertilizing is very important to get a good harvest of potatoes. If growing in a pot, the pot should have a volume of at least 10 gallons, close to the size of a wine half barrel.
Our pre-order has been created to help you connect with all your favourite grafted edibles for a happy and delicious year in your garden. If you’re planning on growing these grafted veggies in 2020, please pre-order. Most varieties will sell out in advance or shortly after arriving at the nursery.
SAVE $1 PER PLANT WHEN YOU PRE-ORDER.
Mighty Matos – Regular $20.99. Pre-Order $19.99.
Mighty Veggies and Melons – Regular $21.99. Pre-Order $20.99
Ketchup ‘n Fries – Regular $31.99. Pre-Order $30.99.
Ordering: Note the plants you want from the descriptions above, then click the link at the bottom of the page to place your order. On our ordering page, click your selections and then click anywhere outside the order box to have it register. Your selections will be summarized at the bottom of the page. Once you have filled in your contact info and made your selections, click the link at the bottom of the order page to pay for your pre-order. Sometimes there can be a glitch at this point for some people which is related to your cookie settings. If you are not taken to the payment page but are instead returned to the ordering page, make sure BOTH your contact info and choices are still selected, then press the link at the bottom again to place your order. It will go through on the second attempt. You will be taken to PayPal where you have the option to pay with or without a PayPal account. Choose your preferred method. If paying without a PayPal account, PayPal will process your credit card on our behalf.
Pick-Up, Courier, and Shipping: Grafted veggies will be ready for pick-up in early to mid May. We will email you when your order is complete and ready to go. Please pay close attention to our instructions so that the pick-up process runs smoothly. Grafted veggies can also be couriered to anywhere in the Lower Mainland and to most locations in BC. You can view costs for your location on our Plants to the People page. For other locations in Canada, shipping is via Canada Post. We do not recommend shipping to the Atlantic provinces unless you would like to pay for a faster shipping service. Grafted veggies grow quickly so they must be shipped as soon as they are ready. They cannot ship with other pre-orders or mail orders. For courier or mail order, please select and pay the $50 shipping deposit when you place your order. Any remainder will be refunded once we send your plants.