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Need something new to do for next year's growing season?

Posted Tuesday, November 22, 2011, at 4:10 PM

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Grafting clips
How about grafting tomatoes? Yep, they are now grafting high value tomatoes that have issues with soil borne diseases or basically poor root stock.

Apparently it is not limited to tomatoes, but other crops are either more challenging or not as high value.

http://www.johnnyseeds.com/MediaPlayer.a...

While I did not see a discussion of grafting different varieties on the same plant, I suppose it is feasible, but maybe not practical since each stem has to be the same diameter and it appears these clips would not support anything except straight up grafts.


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Jasmine Tobacco. Yes it can self seed, and it smells great!

Yes, that was Linda that the seeds were mostly intended for. But the seed pod I gave you probably had hundreds of seeds in it, so if you keep a couple, I'm sure she wouldn't mind...:)

I'm jealous of your greenhouse!

-- Posted by espoontoon on Tue, Nov 29, 2011, at 8:00 PM

Maybe that was Linda from Beech Grove?

That flowering tobacco has come back in a pot the original plant was in. Does it self seed? It is flowering right now in the greenhouse along with Bolivian peppers you gave us several years ago.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Nov 29, 2011, at 5:56 PM

Ha! I dropped them off at a meeting one night when I couldn't attend. They were intended for a lady that came to the meeting during the horse show. She wanted some of those seeds, so maybe you gave them to her at a later garden club meeting.

Anyway, I didn't even save any seeds this year due to all the volunteer datura's that came up in the Spring. I was giving them away for free on Craigslist. I gave away quite a few at the plant swap at Henry Horton, although I don't think people really knew what they were....

-- Posted by espoontoon on Tue, Nov 29, 2011, at 6:53 AM

Uh oh, I hope it is not a "senior moment" but I do not recall that.

The ones you gave me more than a year ago are doubles and I have a pod I saved from them, but..... I don't see anything else in my seed drawer.

My apologies for misplacing them.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Nov 29, 2011, at 6:03 AM

Ummm...I gave some to you about 6 or 7 weeks ago that are from this year...maybe you already gave them away?

-- Posted by espoontoon on Mon, Nov 28, 2011, at 7:22 PM

I saved some from a year ago. My daturas this year did not produce flowers until just before frost. Not sure why.

Obviously, they did not have time to set seed.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Nov 28, 2011, at 7:38 AM

I'd be more than happy to provide one, but it would have to be this Spring...I think I have given away a few at past garden meetings..?

Steve, you have those doublebloom purple Datura seeds.....

-- Posted by espoontoon on Mon, Nov 28, 2011, at 7:05 AM

I can not find an Angel's trumpet that is hardy in our area. If this memorial garden is a private area, you could grow one in a pot and overwinter it inside.

ALL PARTS ARE POISONOUS!

Plants seem to sell for $12 and up. They have limited blooms the first year from cuttings and can be grown from seed but since there is so much confusion between datura (flowers up) and brugmansia (flowers down, I would probably not buy the seeds.

Both plants are poisonous.

Here is a source I have dealt with before, but not for plants. http://gurneys.com/product.asp?splid=SPL...

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Nov 26, 2011, at 6:38 AM

I'll look around but maybe someone else knows?

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Nov 23, 2011, at 8:08 PM

Steve: where would I buy a Angels Trumpet tree/bush?

I want one for my mom's memorial garden.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Wed, Nov 23, 2011, at 7:45 PM

Steve,You may want to look into cloning.You can take the best plants and keep them going.This may require indoor growing to get them started.Read up and reap the rewards.

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Wed, Nov 23, 2011, at 2:41 PM

It makes me wish I had not disposed of this last year's tomatoes. For the past two years I kept one plant in the greenhouse and started it back up, but this year I decided to start over.

It seems that at long as I match the stem size, the graft has a good chance of working so I was thinking of grafting to smaller side shoots and giving the joint support until it took.

THat way I could have a Big Boy, Big Girl, Roma, Cherry and maybe even Kay's favorite, all on the same plant. ;-)

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Nov 23, 2011, at 7:16 AM

Thanks anyway, I have a difficult enough time with seedlings.

Very interesting, though.

-- Posted by jbillswms on Tue, Nov 22, 2011, at 8:51 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.