Tomato plant trial – Grafted versus seed grown

Ali & Ele -size comparison

Ali & Ele -size comparison

Well it’s plain to see Ele (grafted plant – left of image) has become a bit of a monster and Ali (seed grown plant) is certainly the “little” sister BUT “as they say” size isn’t everything because there is an interesting development when it comes to flowers on the trusses!

As of the 30th June, Ele, the grafted plant, has developed 5 trusses with between 8-11 flowers per truss.

Ele's truss

Ele’s truss

Whereas Ali, the seed grown plant, has developed 3 trusses so far but has approx 24 flowers per truss.
Ali's truss

Ali’s truss

Ali’s trusses seem to be double stemmed (forked) and so has double the flowers that Ele has on her single stemmed truss. So if both plants successfully develop their flowers into fruit it would appear that Ali will have more fruit. Very interesting turn of events considering the monster of a plant that Ele has become when compared to Ali.

Now, as I am no expert, I don’t know if this development is a feature of the type of tomato plant but maybe Huntingdon Garden and Leisure can comment on that for us.

I’ll keep you posted on this interesting development.


Homemade necklace

My lovely 5yo daughter made me this beautiful necklace for my birthday.  The look of pride on her face when I have been wearing it and telling people she made it for me is worth more than diamonds.

I love it!

Handmade necklace

Handmade necklace

Ali and Ele update time.

Hello it’s that time again. A growth update on Ali & Ele for my tomato plant trail, seed grown versus grafted on behalf of Huntingdon Garden & Leisure Centre.

Now, first things first, I need to confess something. I’ve never used grow bags before and I followed the instructions and planted the plants without punching any holes in the grow bag. Problem is, with all this rain the plants got waterlogged and were suffering from leaf yellowing. In my defence, the instructions on the bag actually say “be careful not to pierce the bag’. Anyhow, after some consultation with my friendly garden centre people, I have now pierced the bags. So fingers crossed now for a return to full health for Ele & Ali. Suggestions as to whether I should remove the yellowed leaves or not would be helpful, thank you.

So growth update – Ali (seed) hasn’t done anything since last measure a couple of weeks ago and is still 35cm whereas Ele (graft) has added another 5cm now measuring 60cm.  You can see from the photo Ele really is towering over Ali now.

Ali & Ele 3/6

Ali & Ele 3/6Ali & Ele 3/6

I have given them another feed today, feeding them weekly as per instructions on the bottle.

And so it continues. . .



What do you do with dodgy bananas?

I saw this idea on the web somewhere, sorry I will get better at citing my sources of inspiration. If you have bananas that have seen better days stick them in the freezer. Then when you fancy a banana smoothie take them out,

Frozen bananas

Frozen bananas

don’t worry they looked like that when they went in but perfect on the inside.

I roughly chopped them (not sure that this necessary) and put in blender with 1/2 pint of semi-skim milk. Gave it a good blend and that’s it.

It was a very thick icy smoothie but really nice. My 5yo came back for more so I think that’s a good test!

Banana smoothie

Banana smoothie

Ali & Ele update.

For those of you just joining me, I’m conducting a seed grown versus grafted tomato plant trial for Huntingdon Graden & Leisure Centre, Ali (seed) and Ele (graft).

This first update sees Ali and Ele both adding a few centimetres since they first arrived home (5/5).  Ele is now measuring 55cm (added 6cm) and Ali is now measuring 35cm (added 8cm). Ele has 2 trusses developing so far, Ali has one. 

Now they are all settled in I’ve given them their first feed today.

Ali, Ele & friend

Ali, Ele & friend

Their friend’s a cherry bush variety, we’re calling Sweetie, my daughter planted up at Huntingdon Garden & Leisure’s Free Kids Club – Grow your own tomatoes (5/5).



Meet Ali & Ele

As promised the trial has begun – grafted versus seed grown tomato plants.  Huntingdon Garden and Leisure Centre invited me to conduct a trial for them.  What produces more fruit, a grafted plant or a seed grown plant.

Here are my test subjects, F1 Elegance (who shall be known as Ele), a grafted plant, and Alicante (who shall be known as Ali), a seed grown plant.

5th May – the two plants have been planted into a grow bag. At the time of planting Ele measured 49cm in height and Ali measured 27cm.  Already the grafted plant is looking a stronger specimen.  But we shall see!


Have you ever wondered?


Have you ever wondered if the claims that grafted tomato plants produce up to 75% more crop than seed grown plants are true? Well stay tuned because, with the help of Huntingdon Garden & Leisure Centre @HuntingdonGL , I’ll be putting this to the test.  I’ll give you regular updates on the progress so we will discover the results together.

If you have any friends that may be interested please forward my blog link to them so they can keep up-to-date first hand.

Thanks for reading. X