Now I’ve been growing vegetables for quite a while now. This is our vegetable patch two years ago and we have been expanding the area under cultivation each year. Now we’ve just about reached capacity though and I’m looking for ways to make the most of our crops, maybe to grow more in a small space or try out some different varieties. Sutton Seeds recently got in touch and suggested I try out something from their range, so I popped over for a browse. Whilst I was on their site I came across grafted vegetable plants. This surprised me as I am used to seeing grafting for trees or perennials, but I have never previously seen it for annual vegetable plants. As I was a bit intrigued I decided I would try out something from this range and picked out the grafted peppers.
The idea behind grafted vegetables is that the rootstock comes from a disease resistant variety, which has got to be good as it should mean better crops, higher yields and less need for chemicals. The top part of the plant is chosen with flavour in mind. This is a good way to get the great taste of heritage or heirloom varieties, but without the problems that lead to them not being commercially available anymore. I love the idea and I’m interested to see how it goes, especially as I haven’t had the greatest success with peppers in the past.
I had a selection of peppers come through the post and as you can see they came neatly packed and survived the journey well. As with all plants, it’s worth getting them light and water as soon as possible and I went straight to the greenhouse to pot these up when they arrived. Here they are repotted into bigger pots and I’m not far off the stage of being able to repot them again after about 3 weeks. I’ve been happy with their growth and performance, so we will just have to see how my peppers do this year.