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beetkvass
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Default Can I buy fusarium resistant grafted tomatoes?

My tomatoes have been getting worse each year. After some help with diagnosing them here it seems I'm dealing with early blight and possibly fusarium. I already did everything that's recommended to prevent early blight last year and it did nothing that I could tell.

I have 8 children at home and my youngest is 10 mo. I'd really prefer to not have to learn to graft my own tomato plants in the next month. I'll try if I have to though! But in the meantime can anyone tell me where the best disease resistant grafted plants are that I can buy? Or any other recommendations for this coming year? Thanks! Should I maybe try fencing and moving tomatoes to a totally different spot in my yard? If I can get a fence up in time. My space is somewhat limited by shade, hill and neighbors.
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Territorial sells individual plants but it looks like the earliest they will ship is last half of April and selection is limited - http://www.territorialseed.com/category/s/a

Johnny's also sells grafted tomatoes but you have to buy by the flat (102 plants) for several hundred dollars per flat.

If you have certain varieties you just can't live without, then investing a few bucks for clips and rootstock seeds, and a little more time are all that's needed to graft them yourself. There is a lot of information available for beginning grafters here on the forum, and lots of members who will help you along if you decide to give it a try.
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Thanks. Neither of those sound ideal. I usually plant in March. Early April at the soonest here. I also don't want 102 of one variety!

I'm reading that thread on grafting right now. My problems are I'm just doing this at home. My grow lights bit the dust last year. But they were so bad and old I really only used them for germination. I'd just take my tomato plants and like 600 other plants out in the sun daily and bring them inside in the evening every day. So I'm not sure how to manage humidity and all the other factors with grafting.

I'm sure I can start the plants and do the technical bit of cutting and clips. But I don't have a great light source or way or measuring and controlling humidity. I don't have a greenhouse like some people have.

I guess I need to keep reading and see if I can figure it out. We really do want tomatoes.
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My tomatoes have been getting worse each year. After some help with diagnosing them here it seems I'm dealing with early blight and possibly fusarium. I already did everything that's recommended to prevent early blight last year and it did nothing that I could tell.

I have 8 children at home and my youngest is 10 mo. I'd really prefer to not have to learn to graft my own tomato plants in the next month. I'll try if I have to though! But in the meantime can anyone tell me where the best disease resistant grafted plants are that I can buy? Or any other recommendations for this coming year? Thanks! Should I maybe try fencing and moving tomatoes to a totally different spot in my yard? If I can get a fence up in time. My space is somewhat limited by shade, hill and neighbors.
I'd call my local extension agent. They have to inspect all the plant growers in the county and typically know who has what. Local guys usually let you buy w/e u want.
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