But I wouldn't be growing a tomato for its sheer size. This one tastes wonderful! It's on the sweet side, with enough of an acidity to know you're eating a tomato. And it's meaty as well, with fewer seeds and juice and more meat to it.
|Tomato Pineapple - quite a handful!|
I saw a few grafted tomato trials at C. Raker in August, and it seemed as though the grafted and non-grafted plants were pretty much neck and neck in size and vigor. If you're interested in their ratings, check out their tomato data.
|Tomatoes 'Sun Gold' and 'Sweet Million'|
But back to the Pineapple--I can say with certainty that I have never harvested as many tomatoes before in my sun-challenged garden. Pineapple is planted in a slightly sunnier spot, receiving around six hours of sun. Another advantage to growing grafted tomatoes is that the rootstock is disease resistant, something most heirlooms are not. This year I haven't had any problems with either plant. Throughout the drought, I've given them supplemental water with a water soluble fertilizer mixed at half the recommended rate. I also added a time release fertilizer around the plants when I planted them.
|Pineapple tomatoes sliced and placed on top of sandwich thins.|
|Now THAT's a tomato!|