We live in Boyds, Maryland and enjoy a large family garden. I am interested in learning more about grafting Heirloom tomatoes. Do you know of any classes available in the Montgomery Co area. 1. What combination of Heirloom tomato plants are best to start with in the learning process. 2. Best source for Root stock 3. Timeline for starting the Tomato Grafting process.
Montgomery County Maryland
We are not aware of any tomato grafting classes in our area. You might check with large nurseries like Behnkes or Brookside Gardens.
Grafting is a process demanding of strict cultural management and sanitation guidelines.
Here are some Extension publications and videos which you may find useful:
Grafting for Disease Resistance in Heirloom Tomatoes (North Carolina State University) http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/graftingtomato/Grafting%20Tech%20Final%20-%20low%20res.pdf
Ohio State University Cleft Graft Quick Guide
Ohio State University Reasons for Graft Failure
Video on grafting tomato plants from Ohio State University