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Alkaline clay StrawChicago zone 5a garden photo
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Pic. of fortuniana rootstock from weeksroses.com. Comparing Dr. Huey-rootstock, Multiflora-rootstock, and Fortuniana-rootstock from link entitled "An overview of fortuniana". "Here in the Desert Southwest, with our generally alkaline soils and extreme temperatures, we find that r. multiflora has a shorter life span, losing its vigor after five years. While fortuniana bushes had superior root systems, they had difficulty with the harsh & cold English climate. Dr. McFadden budded two hybrid tea varieties, Queen Elizabeth and Tiffany, onto three different rootstocks. After counting the number of blooms ... fortuniana plants produced about THREE TIMES the number of blooms as those on multiflora and TWICE as many as on Dr. Huey."
Uploaded 31 AUG
Alkaline clay StrawChicago zone 5a garden photo
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This is a shriveled & dried-out Knock-out that lost Dr.Huey-rootstock completely and grew its own-root-Knock-out ABOVE the grafted junction. I killed that years ago due to its nasty thorn, but the roots haven't decompose.
Uploaded 29 AUG
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This to show Pink Peace grafted on Dr. Huey, but there's own-roots growing ABOVE the grafted joint, to give me a second Pink Peace as own-root (on the left of picture), this gives stronger scented blooms & healthier leaves. Picture taken on 12/26/17. Note that Dr. Huey forms a "duplex-system": upper roots ABOVE the grafted-junction are own-roots true to the branches above. A second lowest root-system belongs to Dr.Huey. Suckering simply gives another Dr. Huey, or another Multtiflora. But sprouting another own-root from ABOVE the grafted junction means I get a second plant true to what's above the grafted joint.
Uploaded 29 AUG
Alkaline clay StrawChicago zone 5a garden photo
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Picture taken late fall 2016 when I dug up a dead Dr.Huey-root-stock (chunky-woody). Dr. Huey declined in flooded & poor drainage clay. The left is own-root (Heirloom rose) that sprouted from ABOVE THE GRAFTED-JUNTION apart from Dr.Huey-rootstock.
Uploaded 29 AUG
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Pic. taken late fall 2016. The left is Comte de Chambord grafted on multiflora, showing shrinkage as 5th-year-grafted. The right is root of snapdragon-annual-flower. Comte as grafted on multiflora has root 1/10 the size of my 2 Comte as OWN-ROOTS, which explain why OWN-ROOTS are so healthy and bloom way more.
Uploaded 29 AUG
Alkaline clay StrawChicago zone 5a garden photo
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Picture taken 12/26/16 when I dug up OWN-ROOT Big Purple to fix drainage. As a 5th-year OWN-ROOT it became chunky & woody with many fibrous roots that hold tight to soil. Very healthy rose thanks to a large network of hairy roots for best water-uptake.
Uploaded 29 AUG
Alkaline clay StrawChicago zone 5a garden photo
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Picture taken late fall 2016 of a 2nd-year rose grafted on Dr.Huey. I killed it due to blackspot. Note the decline of Dr. Huey-rootstock in wet clay, compared to my foot.
Uploaded 29 AUG
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This is 1/4 of the steel-cable & suckering roots of Centifolia Le Nia Rias (very drought tolerant & always healthy). Took me 2 hours last year to dig 1 foot deep to get all suckers. Still have 2 suckers on my lawn to kill.
Uploaded 29 AUG
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