Hello People Who Like to Eat Their Gardens!

The art of grafting has lead to the introduction of all kinds of hot new plants this year and is taking edible gardening to new levels with some breakthrough advances that will have you growing more delicious food per square foot or per container than ever before.

The first is a tomato hand-grafted onto a potato rootstock. Often referred to as a "TomTato", this intriguing 2-plants-in-1 phenomenon will produce hundreds of sweet cherry tomatoes on top followed by 4-5 pounds of yummy potatoes below ground. And if all that weren't enough, it has a great name: 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'!

The second innovation comes from the Mighty Matos. For the past three years you've been growing tons of tomato fruit from these grafted plants. Now they have figured out how to graft two desirable tomatoes onto the same rootstock. With these Mighty 2'Matos you'll be growing double the deliciousness in the same spot that used to grow just one kind of tomato.

The third is an amazing fruit tree that we call a "Fruit Salad Tree" where each branch is a different stone fruit. You'll get peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums, and almonds off of the same tree! And each variety of stone fruit has been specially selected to perform well in our coastal climate.

Because these incredible edibles are so new we've set up pre-sales for them so that you can secure the exact plants you crave and plan your garden in advance. Pre-sales also allow us at Phoenix to make sure we have the right number of plants for our valued customers without going over(board), which we all know from the Price is Right game show is not a good thing.

Have a look below for full details of these revolutionary edibles!

Yours in Edibles,

Gary and the Phoenicians

 

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'Ketchup 'n' Fries' and Mighty Mato Pre-Sale

Welcome to our exciting tomato pre-sale where you can pre-plan your 2015 edible bounty from the comfort of your own home with some of the most cutting edge edibles available. Pre-sales allow you to secure the exact plants you desire and allow us at Phoenix Perennials to make sure we have exactly what you want.

After you've noted which tomatoes you want, click on the Register Now button at the bottom of this page to order them. We will email you when they are available for pick-up. The estimated date is May 1st, 2015.

The Revolutionary, New "TomTato" is a hand-grafted plant that brings together tomatoes and potatoes, two close relatives, that together give us one of life's great pleasures: 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'.

'Ketchup 'n' Fries' Tomtato -- Hundreds of delicious, super sweet cherry tomatoes on top and up to 4-5 pounds of yummy potatoes just below the soil! Tomatoes and potatoes are closely related. They are grafted by hand and grow happily together as the revolutionary 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'. Double your production of edibles from the same space. Great for veggie gardens, small spaces, and large containers. 1g pot, 26.99 + GST

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Mighty Mato Grafted Tomatoes consist of desirable heirloom and cool modern varieties hand-grafted onto super strong tomato rootstock that confers greater disease resistance, greater cold tolerance, and greater vigour resulting in up to 2-3 times more tomatoes per plant than ungrafted plants! Heirloom tomatoes that are sometimes shy in their yields produce like never before. Cool modern varieties also produce extra large yields. This year you can select the regular single grafts or the the new Mighty 2'Mato double grafts.

Double Graft Mighty Matos

Mighty 2'Mato 'Brandywine' + 'Cherokee Purple' -- Two tomato varieties hand grafted onto the same rootstock great for veggie gardens, small spaces, and large containers. 'Brandywine' and 'Cherokee Purple' are two of the most popular of the large heirloom tomatoes. They produce delicious fruit with complex flavours and will produce good yields in our region if planted in nice hot spots. 1g pot, 26.99 + GST

 

Mighty 2'Mato 'Indigo Cherry Drops' + 'Indigo Pear Drops' -- Two tomato varieties hand grafted onto the same rootstock great for veggie gardens, small spaces, and large containers. Indigo tomatoes produce large crops of fruit with dark purple shoulders packed with healthy anthocyanins. Indigo 'Cherry Drops' produces 1" wide, round, rich red cherry tomatoes with intense sweet flavour and 500-1000 fruit per plant in ideal growing conditions! Indigo 'Pear Drops' produces sweet, yellow, pear-shaped tomatoes also with huge yields. 1g pot, 26.99 + GST

 

Mighty 2'Mato 'Sun Sugar' + 'Sweet Aperitif' -- Two tomato varieties hand grafted onto the same rootstock great for veggie gardens, small spaces, and large containers. 'Sun Sugar' is hands down the most popular tomato variety amongst Phoenix Perennials customers producing orange-yellow cherry tomatoes said to be amongst the sweetest in the world. 'Sweet Aperitif' is a brand new cultivar with luscious, red cherry tomatoes said to be even sweeter! You can't resist, can you? 1g pot, 26.99 + GST

 

Single Graft Mighty Matos

Mighty Mato ‘Amish Paste’ -- Heirloom paste tomato produces tons of meaty 6–8 oz. red fruits—one of the best for sauces and canning. Thrives in short summer areas. 80-90 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Beefsteak’ -- Bright red, slightly ribbed, 4–5″ heirloom tomatoes with delicious, sweet, meaty flesh. An excellent slicer, but also wonderful for cooking, salads or canning. 85-95 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Big Beef’ -- Red, globe-shaped, 1 lb. fruits with a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. Abundant, firm, crack-resistant tomatoes produced over a long period. 70-75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Big Zac’ -- This prize-winning variety has been known to produce fruits weighing up to 6 lbs.! Huge, glossy-red beefsteaks are ideal for slicing, sandwiches. 80-90 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Black Cherry’ – Purple-black cherry tomatoes with an exceptionally sweet, complex flavor that earns it high ratings at our Heirloom Tomato Festival tastings each year. Great yield. 75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Black Krim’ -- Violet-red, slightly flattened, 4–5″ fruits with near-black shoulders have intense, smoky flavor. Heat tolerant. Color deepens as summer temperatures rise. Russian heirloom. 70-90 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Blush Tiger’ -- A julienne cherry tomato sought after for its exceptionally sweet, juicy, tropical flavor. The 2″ elongated fruits are ready when a pink blush appears over the golden-yellow skin. Bred by Fred Hempel of Artisan Seeds. 75-85 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Brandywine’ (Sudduth’s) -- This famous heirloom produces 1–2 lb., scarlet-pink beefsteaks with high acid and sugar content. Considered one of the world’s best-tasting tomatoes. 80-90 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Bumble Bee Pink’ – A unique and beautiful cherry tomato with bright red and golden orange stripes and a wonderful, sweet flavour. Great yields. 60-70 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Bumble Bee Purple’ -- Striped, crack-resistant cherry tomato in vivid violet and dark green stripes combines standout visual appeal and superb flavor! Round, 1½” fruits are gorgeous and tasty in fresh salads. 65-75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Bumble Bee Sunrise’ -- New, striped cherry tomato with yellow stripes over red marbling. A descendant of ‘Blush’ with more prominent marbling. Beautiful and bright cherry tomato with complex, sweet, and fruity flavor. Produced by the Artisan Seeds breeding program. 65-75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Cherokee Purple’ -- Dusky rose, 8–12 oz. round fruits with complex, old-time flavor. 19th century heirloom. Perfect for slicing, sandwiches. 75-85 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Early Girl’ -- Bright red, 4–6 oz. round slicers. Early, dependable, and flavorful fruits in almost any climate. 50-60 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Homestead 24’ -- Round, red, 8 oz. heirloom tomatoes are smooth and uniform with good flavor. Compact, heat-tolerant plants ideal for high temperatures and container gardening. 80-90 days. Determinate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato Indigo ‘Apple’ -- New, rare addition to the “blue tomato” series with extra-high anthocyanins! The 2–4 oz. fruits start green and purple, ripening to near black in the sunlight. Good sweet flavor. 70-80 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato Indigo ‘Kumquat’ -- Stunning clusters of 2–3″ purple-black fruits that turn a rosy red when ripe. Deep red flesh with strong acidic flavor. High levels of anthocyanin. Breeder’s rule of thumb: If you think it’s ripe, wait three more days before you pick it. 75-85 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato Indigo ‘Rose’ -- Marbled, “green-when-ripe” elongated cherry tomato. When ripe, brick-red panels appear between its green stripes. Incredible, complex flavor with hints of tropical tang and deep sweetness. Produced by the Artisan Seeds breeding program. Newly released in fall of 2013. 65-75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato Indigo ‘Ruby’ – Rich ruby-red, plum-shaped tomatoes with black shoulders with great flavour and aroma. 80 days. Determinate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Lucky Tiger’ -- Marbled, “green-when-ripe” elongated cherry tomato. When ripe, brick-red panels appear between its green stripes. Incredible, complex flavor with hints of tropical tang and deep sweetness. Produced by the Artisan Seeds breeding program. Newly released in fall of 2013. 65-75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Mortgage Lifter’ (Estler’s) -- Dark pink, 1–2 lb. fruits are meaty with good, old-time flavor. Heirloom known for its productivity. 85-95 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Pineapple’ -- Huge golden beefsteaks, marbled in cherry-red have mild fruity flavor. Heirloom with yields of 1–2 lb. fruits. 85-95 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Stupice’ -- Extra early and reliable; cool-season heirloom produces 2″ red fruits with wonderful, balanced, sweet-acid tomato flavor. Perfect for gardeners in northern climes or first of season production in warmer areas. 60-70 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Sun Sugar’ -- 'Sun Sugar' is hands down the most popular tomato variety amongst Phoenix Perennials customers producing orange-yellow cherry tomatoes said to be amongst the sweetest in the world. 65-75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST
Mighty Mato ‘Sweet Million’ -- Sweet, bright red cherry tomatoes produced in large clusters. Crack and disease resistant. 65-75 days. Indeterminate. 1g pot, 14.99 + GST

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Fruit Salad Tree Pre-Sale
Peaches, Apricots, Nectarines, Plums, and Almonds (All on One Tree!), Oh my!

Fruit Salad trees are grafted fruit trees in which each branch grows a different fruit. You may have heard of multi-grafted apple trees but what about a single tree that produces a full range of different stone fruits – peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums, and almonds?! That’s what we call a fruit salad tree because from one single tree you can make a whole fruit salad. Stone fruits are all closely-related members of the genus Prunus (which also includes cherries). That’s why they can all be grafted onto the same tree.

Our fruit salad trees are specially designed for west coast gardens. Most stone fruit do not grow well in our wet winter and cool summers but these varieties have been bred in west coast and northern climates and are disease resistant and productive outside of prime growing regions like the Okanagan.

Fruit salad trees are perfect for packing as much production as possible into small space gardens. You can even grow them in large pots on decks and patios. They prefer full sun in rich, fertile, somewhat acidic soil with good drainage. Zones 5-9

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Here are the varieties of fruit included on each fruit salad tree:

‘Frost’ Peach (Prunus persica ‘Frost’)

Though most peach varieties do not grow well in the wet west coast climate, ‘Frost’ is a welcome exception. This modern cultivar was discovered in Washington State. It is resistant to the wide variety of diseases that affect other varieties, becoming more resistant with age. It blooms in March with lovely, pink, fragrant flowers, one month earlier than most. The fruit ripens successfully in our cool coastal summers in August and September. The semi-freestone fruit are tasty, sweet, mid-sized, round, and gold with a red flush. The fruit is suitable for canning, freezing, and fresh eating. ‘Frost’ is self-fertile and a heavy producer.

‘Puget Gold’ Apricot (Prunus armeniaca ‘Puget Gold’)

‘Puget Gold’ was developed at Washington State University and grows well in the wet winters and cool summers of the west coast. The pinkish white flowers are open in late winter followed four months later by large, oblong, freestone apricots with a lovely orange-yellow colour blushed with pink. They have an excellent flavour. ‘Puget Gold’ is self-fertile.

‘Hardired’ Nectarine (Prunus persica ‘Hardired’)

Bred in Canada, this sturdy and productive nectarine is disease resistant and produces good crops even in cooler climates. The freestone fruit are large and delicious with golden flesh and nearly completely red skin. They ripen in August. The fragrant spring flowers are pink. are ‘Hardired’ is self-fertile. It is great for canning or fresh eating.

‘Shiro’ Plum (Prunus salicina ‘Shiro’)

Shiro’ is one of the earliest ripening plums with consistent production year after year of large, golden-yellow fruit (sometimes blushed pink) that have a mild, sweet flavour. The fruit ripens in August. Use the fruit for fresh eating, canning, preserves, and desserts. It produces masses of fragrant, white flowers in spring. ‘Shiro’ requires a different plum to pollinate it. If you don’t have a plum in your yard bees will often bring in pollen from other trees in your neighbourhood.

‘Hall’s Hardy’ Almond (Prunus dulcis ‘Hall’s Hardy’)

A good almond for production in more northern climates, ‘Hall’s Hardy’ offers a good production of sweet, medium-sized almonds with a slight bitter taste. Harvest in early fall. Lots of showy pink flowers in spring. Self-fertile though will produce more fruit if another tree is present such as ‘Texas’.

The rootstock for the Fruit Salad trees is the new KRYMSK 1/VVA-1 which is a dwarfing rootstock that should result in trees 8 ft. (2.5 m) tall and will help the grafts produce good-sized fruit starting at a young age of just 2-3 years.

The Fruit Salad Trees are expected to be ready for pick-up starting on April 13th, 2015. We will email everyone before that date to confirm.

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