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Vegetable Grafting:
Learning how to graft tomato and cucurbits [DVD]


Grafting of vegetable seedlings is a unique horticultural technology designed to help soil-borne diseases and pests, and to add extra vigor to the plants under various environmental stress conditions. In North America, vegetable grafting is used mainly to increase yields of greenhouse tomato (including hydroponics), but an increasing number of growers are interested in using grafting in open fields to reduce the need for chemical fumigants in soil.

In this video, Mark Kroggel, a horticultural technologist and research specialist in the School of Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona explains and demonstrates three different grafting methods, including tips for healing and handling grafted plants.  Tube grafting is a widely used method for tomato, eggplant and pepper. Hole-insertion grafting and single cotyledon grafting are for cucurbits (watermelon, muskmelon and cucumber).

This step-by-step video, appropriate for individual use and also classroom instruction, is suitable for anyone interested in vegetable plant propagation.

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Author : Chieri Kubota, Mark Kroggel
Date: 2011