GRAFTED TREE TOMATO
Grafted Tree tomato is a fast-growing tree that grows up to 2-5 meters. The tree usually forms a single upright trunk with lateral branches. We graft our tree with ‘muthakwa’ for several reasons.
- Resistant to Nematodes.
- Drought resistant.
- Fast maturing.
- Higher life span.
CLIMATE, SOIL REQUIREMENT & GROWTH
The tree tomato prefers subtropical climate, they grow in many parts of Kenya with rainfall between 600 and 4000 millimeters and annual temperatures between 15 and 25 °C. It is intolerant to frost (below -2 °C) and drought stress. Tree tomato plants grow best in light, deep, fertile soils, however, soils must be permeable since the plants are not tolerant to water-logging. They grow well on soils with a pH of 5 to 7.5.
Land, Manure, Grafted seedlings, Irrigation system, Labour, Pest and Diseases control,
At a good spacing an acre can accommodate 1200 – 1500 plants.
- Require a recommended spacing measuring 6ft by 6ft, then dig dip holes measuring 2ft by 2ft this helps in roots penetration and also to be able to accommodate enough manure.
- Add a bucket of well rotten manure into per hole and mix well with top soil.
- Plant your grafted seedlings by first ensuring you have watered your soil well or plant during rainy season. Add mulching to every stem of your plants.
- In case of a dry season apply irrigation either drip irrigation or bucket irrigation.
- For those that need to grow organically consult your agronomist about organic farming.
- For conventional farming apply NPK fertilizer after two weeks of planting this will ensure faster growth and root development.
- Protect you plant from pest and diseases from early stages by splaying at a good interval depending with the rate of infestation with pesticides and fungicides both protective and curing ones.
- During entire growth season apply CAN fertilizer three times.
- Splay your plants with foliar feed to ensure faster and stronger plants and also during flowering to boost more flowers and ensure they do not drop.
PEST AND DISEASES
Tree tomato is fairly resistant to most diseases and pests. However, the tree is prone to powdery mildew, which causes the leaves to fall off. Application of copper oxychloride (allowed in organic farming) can control the disease. The main pests that attack the tree include the aphids, thrips, whiteflies and nematodes (grafted tree tomato is best in control of nematodes).
We buy all the fruits from our Farmers both for export (organically grown) and for local market and for value addition. We have never satisfied even a fraction of the local market. Our main buyers for local market are Super markets, Marigiti and Githurai in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Eldoret. We buy from all comers of our country.
COST AND RETURNS ESTIMATES OF PLANTING TREE TOMATO IN ONE ACRE LAND
PLANT POPULATION 1200 PLANTS
|Preparation of land (digging ,fallowing) to attain fine tillage||6000|
|Buying of seedlings from reputable dealers @100 each||120000|
|Digging of holes 2ft by 2ft @10 each||12000|
|Buying and application of manure per hole @30 per bucket||36000|
|Planting, mulching of seedlings||2400|
|Fertilizer for the entire season||12000|
|Chemicals for the entire season||20000|
|Water expenses (for irrigation)||50000|
|Management and miscellaneous.||50000|
|Expected average output 20-50kg per tree Ksh @80 for the first one year
Unit Cost and return of growing grafted tree tomato.
- Unit cost = 300000/1200 = 250
- Unit return = 3500000/1200= Ksh 3000
OUR SUCCESS STORY
One of the best investment we have ever done is Farming tree tomato, it was not a smooth journey to master this type of farming, and we encountered failures like not planting the hybrid varieties, and also planting non grafted plants that survived only for one season then withered. Our success story have lead us to be featured in local TV and Radio programs also in Newspapers. We came to a conclusion that we needed to ensure the success of our farmers interested in commercial tree tomato farming. We ensure we remove barriers that hinder successful tree tomato farming like enlightening our customers on.
- Soil testing.
- Type of manure to use.
- Organic Farming.
- Why and how to use drip system in your farm.
- How to control pest and diseases.
- Management of the farm.
- Field visit.
- Management of the farms.
We do visit farms in any part of Kenya to advice farmers on what’s suitable on their farms depending on their area. Apart from tree tomato we grow other types of fruit trees like passion fruits, Hass avocado, Macadamia, Oranges, Apples etc. We also do manage the farms on behalf of our customers. We deliver seedlings and fruits in any part of the country. Contact us and be part of the community that believe money grows on trees.
Watch the following video on tree tomato farming (Kikuyu version)
The Videos have been captured at Mkulima Wa Nyeri Farm
Buy seedlings from our online shop.