Solanaceae rootstock

HypershockJuly 27, 2014

I want to conduct a grafting experiment, with multiple varieties of tomatoes/chillies/eggplants/tamarillos/tomatillos etc growing on the same plant.
Partly I want to grow annual tomatoes as perennials, and partly I just like experimenting.

Does anyone have suggestions for what may make suitable rootstock for my little experiment?

Desirable traits for my rootstock include:
Doesn't make the fruit toxic (so deadly nightshade is probably out unless I'm mistaken about the effects of grafting)
Being long-lived/perennial (able to grow for 10+ years would be nice but unlikely)
Strong, woody stem (to support the many different varieties)
Large size
Readily accept scions
Disease resistance

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Maxifort is the most commonly used root stock and would seem to meet all your requirements. Check out all the other discussions here on grafting for more details.

Dave

Here is a link that might be useful: Grafting discussions

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 10:07AM
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Hypershock

What are the traits of Maxifort? Is it available in Australia?

I've heard of people grafting eggplants onto wild tobacco (which grows as a weed here in Brisbane). I'd like to try this, but I don't want my tomatoes laced with nicotine. Would this happen or is it safe?

I think I'm more looking for a list with

"What is the most long lived plant in the Solanaceae family?"
"What is the most tree-like plant in the Solanaceae family?"
etc

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 10:58AM
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