Greenhouse Production

Note the “Tomato Grafting” resource near the bottom of this page.

rows of hydroponically grown tomatoe plants

Rows of tomatoes grown hydroponically in a greenhouse. Greenhouse tomatoes have experienced a surge in popularity in recent years.NOTE the “Tomato Grafting” resource near the bottom of this page.

A Cost Assessment of Growing Greenhouse Tomatoes in N.C. (PDF)
This study surveyed several North Carolina greenhouse tomato growers to determine their actual costs for start-up and production. Costs vary depending on initial availability of resources and production practices. This report takes a closer look at the costs that will likely vary the most.

Organic Greenhouse Tomato Production (ATTRA) (PDF version)

This Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) publication offers an overview of organic greenhouse tomato production. Information in this guide includes organic management methods for major diseases and insect pests; organic fertilization recommendations; a list of organic fertilizer suppliers; and a directory of further resources available online.

U.S. Greenhouse/Hothouse Hydroponic Tomato Timeline (PDF)
This timeline has been created to give a general overview of crop production, worker activities and key pests in greenhouse/hothouse hydroponic tomatoes in the United States.

Greenhouse Tomato Handbook (PDF) (Spanish)
If you are preparing to invest time and money into growing greenhouse tomatoes, you should be fully aware of the pitfalls as well as the benefits before proceeding. You can be successful if you follow the basic guidelines in this Mississippi State University handbook and other publications.

Greenhouse Tomatoes in Mississippi
This Mississippi State University site includes an extensive FAQs section as well as links to additional greenhouse tomato publications that could be valuable to North Carolina growers.

Growing Hydroponic Tomatoes
This interactive Web site of the University of Arizona provides practical, accurate information on growing hydroponic tomatoes for students, hobbyists and beginning growers.

Interactive Tomato Model for a Hydroponic System
This Ohio State University site is intended to help hydroponic vegetable growers decide how to adjust important growing parameters to allow for the production of high quality tomatoes.

 

TOMATO GRAFTING

Tomato Grafting: Background and Techniques
Tomato grafting is an increasingly popular method of combining (or grafting) two varieties of tomato plants that have desirable characteristics in order to create a more valuable variety. For example, the rootstock of one plant may be selected for its disease-resistance properties, while the scion (upper portion) is chosen for fruit quality characteristics. This document from N.C. State University will provide more background on tomato grafting, such as methods and techniques, tips for successful grafting and steps for introducing the plant back to the greenhouse.

Grafting for Disease Resistance in Heirloom Tomatoes (PDF)
N.C. State University developed this document that describes step-by-step tube grafting techniques as well as benefits, including disease resistance, stress tolerance and increased productivity.

Webinar: Grafting for Disease Management in Organic Tomato Production
Watch this recorded webinar to learn about tomato grafting and how it can be utilized to manage diseases in organic open-field and high tunnel systems. Frank Louws of North Carolina State University and Cary Rivard of Kansas State University provide information regarding rootstock selection as well as the grafting procedure itself in this presentation.

Vegetable Grafting Information
This site from the University of Arizona offers comprehensive grafting resources, including “How to Graft” pages for tomato tube grafting, cucurbit hole insertion grafting and cucurbit single cotyledon grafting methods. Grafting benefits and background are outlined. You can also find grafting tool/equipment suppliers, propagators and seed suppliers.

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