Hello People Who Like to Eat Their Gardens!

Tomato Season is upon us. Our first shipment of Mighty Matos arrives this afternoon (Friday April 26th, 2013). We'll have nearly 30 varieties of these grafted tomatoes available this weekend. How exciting! See below for an article on Mighty Matos.

Next week the first of the non-grafted tomatoes will arrive with more tomatoes arriving every week after that.

We also have a great stock of herbs, greens, citrus, figs, blueberries, strawberries (including one with magenta flowers and another with gold foliage) and other unusual veggies and fruits.

Also, we have just opened registration for our Tomato Tastings at the Heirloom Tomato Festival.

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

Mighty 'Matos Grafted Tomatoes

There's a new superhero in town and it's called the Mighty 'Mato. If you love heirloom and interesting modern tomatoes then you best pay attention to this new personality coming to gardens and patios near you!

Mighty 'Matos are grafted tomatoes. Just as is done with fruit trees or maples, a desirable tomato cultivar such as 'Sunsugar' or 'Black Krim' or 'Mortgage Lifter' is grafted onto a strong and vigorous tomato rootstock. The result is a more disease resistant, cold tolerant and vigorous tomato that produces 2-3 times more fruit than the same variety in its ungrafted form. This technique was pioneered by Log House Plants of southern Oregon, a well-respected leader in veggies, herbs and intriguing edibles for more than 30 years.

Last year was the first year that Mighty Matos were available. Many customers reported excellent results with big crops of tomatoes. I grew five plants at home and was overwhelmed by the production -- we had to freeze bags of tomatoes to eat through the winter. Some gardeners had some difficulties but on closer discussion the problems seemed to be related to not enough water or small containers rather than a problem with the Matos. Gardening is never 100% but these new tomatoes are proving to be worth it.

The larger crops can be particularly impressive for heirloom varieties which are not always as vigorous as modern strains. Heirlooms were bred for flavour and interesting shapes and colours and not necessarily for pumping out mountains of tomatoes. The Mighty 'Mato rootstock, however, provides a real boost in vigour and fruit production. And who doesn't need more delicious tomatoes from your own backyard?


We are offering 30 different varieties of Mighty Matos this year. They are: Amish Paste, Anaheim, Beefsteak, Berkeley Tie Dye, Big Bertha, Black Cherry, Black Krim, Brandywine, Bumble Bee Pink, Bumble Bee Purple, Bumble Bee Sunrise, Cherokee Purple, Chocolate Beauty, Chocolate Stripes, Early Girl, Green Zebra, Heatwave ll, Jalapeno, Legend, Manitoba, Momotaro, Mortgage Lifter, Pineapple, Ping Tung, San Marzano, Stupice, Sun Sugar, Sweet Million, Tangerine, Yellow Pear. Almost all of them will be available this weekend April 28 and 29, 2013.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: If you love your tomatoes then you won't want to miss our annual Heirloom Tomato Festival this September. We'll have tomato fruit for sale, special displays and our popular tomato tastings which we run just like a wine tasting but with tomatoes! Spots fill up quick. You can register online. This is a great event to attend with groups of friends or family.
The Heirloom Tomato Festival
Saturday September 7th, 2013 | 10am-5pm |
With tomato tastings, heirloom tomato fruit for sale and a display of heirloom tomatoes! | Sign up early for our Tomato Tastings.
Register Online for Tomato Tastings!
View images from last year's event!

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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.
One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in the Lower Mainland.
Specializing in distinct perennials, fragrant shrubs, hardy subtropicals and the botanically intriguing.3380 No. 6 Road, Richmond (Between Bridgeport and Cambie)
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