Back in April, I had high hopes for grafted tomatoes, touted by Burpee and others for their winning combination of heirloom fruit (great taste) and hybrid root stock (tough and more disease resistant than heirlooms). I bought six.
All my tomatoes were late. You remember the rain we had? But once the rain stopped, I expected the crop to come in. Two of the grafteds produced a small number of tomatoes; of those, the Brandywines were normal size, the Mortgage Lifters were puny. Four of those vaunted and expensive heirloom-hybrids produced no tomatoes at all.
What tomatoes did I reliably get this summer? Fourth of July (another Burpee). Not the greatest tasting, but that plant began making golf ball-sized fruit in June and is still popping out 3-4 a week. Cherokee Purple - had a few. Pineapple - excellent performance until about a week ago when the plant just turned yellow and croaked.