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Sought-After Vegetable Seedlings in South Africa

Grafting for farming purposes dates back as far as Ancient China and modern farming practices from grafted vegetable seedlings have been around since the 1930s, yet commercial production and farming from such plugs have only gained momentum recently, especially in South Africa. Due to technology advances and ongoing research on the topic of grafting, bulk-supply nurseries are now able to offer South African farmers grafted plugs for farming with peppers, tomatoes, watermelon, cucumber, and melon.

Grafted vegetable seedlings are sought after because the plants have improved tolerance against many types of environmental and biotic stress conditions. Improved uniformity in stand, better quality fruit, improved fruit yield, and a reduced need for the usage of chemicals to protect the plants are among the reasons for the demand.


Improved Tolerance to Soil-Borne Diseases


Grafted vegetable seedlings are sought after in South Africa due to reported higher tolerance for soil-borne diseases like verticillium wilt affecting melons and tomato plants, some bacterial diseases, and fusarium. Grafting has been noted as an effective means to manage root knots causing nematodes in some types of vegetable crops, such as cucurbitaceous types.

  Better Tolerance for Environmental Stress Conditions

  Vegetable crops, mostly due to their shallower root systems, are vulnerable when it comes to temperature fluctuations, changes in rainfall, soil pH, and any type of drought. It is essential to develop plants with more tolerance for changes in the environment to ensure profitability in crop farming.

  Grafting melon and tomato plants has been done to create sought-after plants with higher yield capacity and with stronger root systems that show better tolerance for environmental-related stress. As a result, more farmers are looking towards grafted plugs to start their crops.

  Improved Fruit Quality in Addition to Better Yield Capacity

  For the commercial crop farmer, fruit quality and yield capacity are both important, but with numerous pests and environmental stress factors to deal with, achieving both can be challenging at best. With selected grafted vegetable plants noted for improved tolerance to the environmental stress factors, farmers are looking towards plants with superior rootstock onto which higher-yield producing and improved-quality fruit production scions have been grafted. However, plant compatibility has played a significant role in this regard, with the specific type of rootstock being exceptionally important.

  With reports showing that non-grafted cucumber plants have lower levels of vitamin C than their grafted peers, farmers looking for plants that can deliver nutrition-rich fruits benefit from buying sought-after grafted cucumber seedlings to start their crops.


Where to Find the Sought-After Plugs in South Africa


Farmers interested in vegetable crop farming from grafted seedlings can register as clients with Hishtil SA, the leading bulk-supply nursery of grafted tomato, cucumber, watermelon, pepper, and melon plugs in South Africa. The plugs are delivered straight to the farmer, anywhere in the country, and farmers benefit from the ongoing technical support provided. In addition, they receive pest- and disease-free plugs, grown in special greenhouse facilities. Premium-quality plants are available to help farmers grow crops that are more resilient, provide better yields, rely less on chemical treatments, and are more tolerant to specific types of stresses.

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