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.


Here is a link that might be useful: Grafting discussions

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 10:07AM
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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?"

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 10:58AM
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