Hey! I'm John, a newbie farmer, what method can you recommend for plant propagation?
Hi, i'm MJ! I think for a starter like you would be easy to begin with grafting.
What's grafting and how do you do it?
Its a twig from one plant isattached to the stem ofanother and becomes apermanent part of the other
The grafting process is simple. First sow seeds of eggplant for rootstock 5-7 days ahead of tomatoes. Graft when eggplant is 3-4 weeks old cut the stock and scion ( the same size ) with a sterilized blade at 70-80 degree angles above the first two leaves.
Oh I see. So that's how I should start.
Then next step is insert rubber tubing, 10mm long and 1-1.5 cm diameter on the stock allowing the cut portion of the scion or splice to get in touch with each other set the grafter plants inside the humidity chamber and transfer seedlings in a cool dry place with complete black net cover for 4-7 days. The seedlings are then ready for transplanting.
Okay, so what's the last part?
Why did you recommend this to me again?
It is because grafting is done for a number of reasons. One reason is that some varieties of fruit have better roots and some have better fruits. Grafting allows farmers to combine the two and have the best rootstock and the best fruit. It is a way of combining two plants into one.