Grafting: A Growing Science with Potential and Needs
For growers of fruit-producing vegetable crops, grafted plants are versatile, scaleable solutions to production issues. Grafted plants speed the delivery of new traits to a range of farms, enhancing farm resiliency and profit potential. Grafted plants can also be produced and sold by growers as an added revenue source.
Grafted plant production in the U.S. increased from virtually zero in 2012 to approximately 8 million plants annually for watermelon and tomato in 2020. Despite this growth, U.S. propagators currently supply less than 1% of the estimated demand for grafted vegetable plants. And growers often lack guidance on optimal management practices for grafted plants.
Our team is a coordinated, comprehensive, national research-extension effort to ensure the U.S. vegetable industry prospers from grafting. Our team integrates resources from ten U.S. universities and the USDA Horticultural Research Laboratory in Ft. Pierce, Fla. industry partners to guarantee the timely, direct access to relevant, current, comprehensive, and research-based information for preparing, distributing, and growing grafted vegetable plants.
Vegetable Grafting Team Goals
Rootstock Selection / Genetics
Grafting Best Practices
Domestic Industry Development