Posts Tagged ‘tomatoes’
The hottest trend in vegetable gardening these days is actually an old-time favorite: heirloom tomatoes. This revived interest stems from the search for the standout flavor from days of old. But as even the most seasoned gardeners know, it can be challenging to produce a modest harvest of a traditional variety.
Bumper Crop Grafted Tomatoes (left) yield up to 50% more than standard heirlooms
That’s where Grafting comes in. This natural method is an ancient technique dating back some 7,000 years to China. Often grafting is associated with roses and with apple and other fruit trees. In the world of tomatoes, grafting allows the benefits of a hybrid tomato – high yields, disease resistance, tolerance to weather stress like hot and cold – while maintaining the true essence of the delicious homegrown fruit.
Here’s the back story on grafted tomatoes:
1. Skilled technicians hand cut heirloom top scions (the fruiting portion) and strong hybrid rootstocks (the underground rooting portion).
2. A special grafting clip is used to join the scion and the rootstock.
3. Grafted plants are nurtured until fully fused.
4. In just a few weeks, garden-ready grafted tomato plants are ready to make their way into your garden.
Bumper Crop Grafted Tomatoes from Burpee Home Gardens deliver yields of 50% more fruit than standard heirlooms. What’s more, they come from Burpee, the most trusted name in home gardening.
“Grafted tomatoes provide a kind of insurance policy against soil-borne disease and stresses. They might cost a little more, but you’ll get higher yields from a combination of disease resistance and the vigor that the strong rootstock provides,” states Scott Mozingo, Product Manager for Burpee Home Gardens.
Grafted tomatoes require only a few special planting instructions. Make sure the grafting scar is at least 1 inch above the soil at planting; burying the graft negates the benefits. Provide extra support like a trellis or cage. Because of their vigorous growth, grafted tomatoes are not recommended for containers. Besides that, care is as straightforward as a regular tomato: sunny location, moist soil and regular fertilizing are all that are needed to produce superior yields.
Additional details on Bumper Crop grafted tomatoes and the full lineup of Burpee Home Gardens vegetables, herbs and flowers are available at burpeehomegardens.com.
We still have vegetables but quantities are starting to run low. Come and get them while they last.
Our color bowls are very popular every year especially around Mother’s Day.
Ornamental grasses are becoming popular for use in landscapes and containers for their ability to add colors, textures and height. We have blues, greens, reds and bronze colored grasses.
This yellow osteospermum has looked awesome in every combo we have used it in. I think we will see more of it next year. Unfortunately we only used it in combinations and do not have them available in pots by themselves.
Here are some pictures from our wholesale area where we load our trucks to deliver to other garden centers across the south.
Burpee is a name that gardeners have trusted since 1885. Now for the first time, vegetable varieties that were only available as seeds are now available as healthy plants ready to be planted in your garden.
You can get a jump start on your vegetable harvest by planting plants instead of seeds and eliminate the uncertainty of seed germination. Here are a few of the more popular varieties.
This is our extensive list of exclusive Burpee Vegetables that we have available. For more information on all of these varieties visit the Burpee Home Gardens website.
- Bush Champion
- Pickalot Hybrid
- Sweet Burpless Hybrid
- Burpee Hybrid
- Purple Blaze
- Twice As Nice
- Sugar Baby
- Cajun Delight
- Hot Lemon
- Jalapeno Gigante
- Rista Cayenne Hybrid
- Big Bertha
- Big Daddy Hybrid
- Costa Rican Sweet Hybrid
- Flavorburst Hybrid
- Great Stuff Hybrid
- Pinot Noir
- Red Delicious Hybrid
- Burpee Golden Zucchini
- Hybrid Zucchini
- Big Mama Hybrid
- Black Pearl Hybrid
- Brandy Boy Hybrid
- Bushsteak Hybrid
- Fourth of July
- Fresh Salsa Hybrid
- Napa Grape Hybrid
- Steak Sandwich Hybrid
- SuperTasty Hybrid
- Supersteak Hybrid
- Sweet Seedless Hybrid
Spring is here!
And we have a lot to choose from to color up your Easter weekend.
Please remember that it is still a little early to plant your tomatoes and other vegetables with out taking the chance that a late frost will kill them.
However you can plant bedding plants like petunias, dianthus, wave petunias, ageratum, alyssum, marigolds, lantana, dahlias, snapdragons and a bunch of other annuals. You can also plant perennials, trees and shrubs. If we do get a late frost, it may “bite” the plants (that means kill the bloom or new growth; they will turn brown or black), but you can clean them off and the plants should survive. If we get a late hard freeze, you will need to protect your plants with a sheet, blanket or bucket as best you can. A hard freeze of 28 degrees or less will cause significant damage or will kill most plants that are not established.