Skip to main content

Logo for N.C. Cooperative Extension N.C. Cooperative Extension Homepage

Grafted Heirloom Tomato Plant Sale

en Español / em Português

El inglés es el idioma de control de esta página. En la medida en que haya algún conflicto entre la traducción al inglés y la traducción, el inglés prevalece.

Al hacer clic en el enlace de traducción se activa un servicio de traducción gratuito para convertir la página al español. Al igual que con cualquier traducción por Internet, la conversión no es sensible al contexto y puede que no traduzca el texto en su significado original. NC State Extension no garantiza la exactitud del texto traducido. Por favor, tenga en cuenta que algunas aplicaciones y/o servicios pueden no funcionar como se espera cuando se traducen.


Inglês é o idioma de controle desta página. Na medida que haja algum conflito entre o texto original em Inglês e a tradução, o Inglês prevalece.

Ao clicar no link de tradução, um serviço gratuito de tradução será ativado para converter a página para o Português. Como em qualquer tradução pela internet, a conversão não é sensivel ao contexto e pode não ocorrer a tradução para o significado orginal. O serviço de Extensão da Carolina do Norte (NC State Extension) não garante a exatidão do texto traduzido. Por favor, observe que algumas funções ou serviços podem não funcionar como esperado após a tradução.


English is the controlling language of this page. To the extent there is any conflict between the English text and the translation, English controls.

Clicking on the translation link activates a free translation service to convert the page to Spanish. As with any Internet translation, the conversion is not context-sensitive and may not translate the text to its original meaning. NC State Extension does not guarantee the accuracy of the translated text. Please note that some applications and/or services may not function as expected when translated.

Collapse ▲

Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Chatham County Logografted growers company logo

The Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Chatham County, in partnership with Grafted Growers of Raleigh, NC are launching an online grafted tomato sale while supplies last. Plants are $6 each and are available to order now. Plants can be picked up by appointment at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center on April 14th and April 15, 2023.

Many gardeners prefer the flavors of open-pollinated or heirloom varieties. However, often these cultivars lack the disease-resistance common in modern hybrid varieties developed with traditional breeding methods. Fungal diseases, bacterial diseases, and nematodes can make growing heirloom varieties challenging. But what if you could have the disease resistance of hybrid varieties with the flavor profiles of heirlooms? Enter grafted heirloom tomatoes!

Grafting involves joining a disease-resistant rootstock to a tasty scion, resulting in two genetically distinct individuals becoming one physiological individual.

Among the more pernicious soil-borne diseases of tomatoes is southern bacterial wilt. Somewhat  common in our soils, there is no treatment except by planting resistant cultivated varieties (cultivars).

The varieties selected are grafted onto ‘Shin Cheong Gang’ rootstock, which is resistant to bacterial wilt, Fusarium wilt, Fusarium crown rot, Fusarium root rot, Rhizoctonia, tomato mosaic virus, and nematodes.

Scion Cultivars Available (all indeterminate):

‘Black Cherry’ –The only truly black cherry tomato. Vigorous plants yield huge clusters of one-inch round deep mahogany-brown fruits. They are delicious with sweet, rich, complex full tomato flavor. This five-foot plant produces consistently throughout the summer. Cherry tomatoes are easier to grow than larger cultivars. 

‘Cherokee Chocolate’  – North Carolina Tomatoman, Craig LeHoullier, stabilized this rogue heirloom of the Cherokee Purple in 1995. These fruits are 3-4 inches, 10-14 ounce, mahogany-colored beefsteak type tomatoes. They have a rich, complex tomato flavor with the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. 

‘Chocolate Stripe’ – Juicy and well balanced, these maroon colored tomatoes feature attractive green stripes. They are a taste-test winning variety, having a complex flavor and are great for slicing.

‘German Johnson’ – A more vigorous, higher-yielding Brandywine type, recommended for higher productivity, earlier, more uniform, and slightly smaller than Brandywine. Fruits have lots of deep, acidic tomato flavor and a rich, creamy texture. This is the regular-leafed strain, With pinkish-red skin and nearly seedless meaty, mild flesh, the large, lobed fruits weigh ¾ to 1 lb.

‘San Marzano’  – A high-quality strain of this classic heirloom tomato, it is considered one of the best paste tomatoes of all time, with an old-world look and taste. Whole 4–6 oz. tomatoes peel easily and cook down quickly. The strain originates from Parma, Italy, and has a very traditional San Marzano shape and appearance and vibrant red color.

To Order

Please read carefully before clicking on the order form below.

Complete the order form.

  • Plants are $6 each. This project helps raise funds for horticultural education programs for adults and children.
  • Payment is due at pick-up. Bring exact change or make checks payable to Chatham County, with N.C. Cooperative Extension in the memo.
  • Pick-up times will be scheduled by appointment on April 14th and 15th. We will send an email to you by the first week of April with a link to sign-up for a time slot on one of those dates.
  • Plants that are not claimed will be re-sold.