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Jun 26, 2011
Fortuniana Rootstocks and own root
by: Anonymous

Anelee, very interesting regarding ownroot roses and others grafted on Multiflora and Dr.Huey dying
in that particular locality. The Vintage Rose Gardeners want ownroot or nothing. There seems to be an incompatability problem over time with Dr. Huey and Multiflora. Would appear Fortuniana is the understock of choice for that locality.
I propagate around 1000 on Multiflora each season and have avoided Fortuniana due to the great length of it's roots. Roots up to 25 feet in length could wander through a whole bed of roses transmitting Mosaic Virus from one infected plant when the roots tend to natural graft.

Have you or anyone you know had experience with this problem? I am looking to root some Fortuniana cuttings as a trial this season.

Your comments would be of great interest.

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