A state of art grafting nursery used for vegetable seedlings
Grafting vegetable seedlings improves plant production and health, and decreases the use of pesticides.
Vegetable grafting was first developed in order to improve the plants resistances to soil born diseases through the use of resistant rootstocks.
Following the banning of methyl bromide, vegetable grafting was adopted as one of the main alternatives to its use. Apart from the resistances to soil born diseases, the grafting technique extends the growing cycle of the plants, increases the yield and improves the quality and uniformity of the produce. Furthermore, it reduces the pesticides application thanks to the wide tolerances it can offer making it by far one of the most adequate solutions compared to other products that might help in decreasing the diseases pressure in the field without boosting the plants productivity.
Grafting can be applied on many types of vegetables like watermelon and melon, tomato, eggplant, pepper and cucumber. While planting grafted plants, the number of seedlings per area is reduced to 50% but the yield is increased by 20 to 30% compared to a none grafted plant. In addition to the yield, the reduced applications of pesticides help decreasing the residues level inside the fruits yet improving their marketable value and the possibilities of export.