Magazine article Sunset

Own-Root Roses

Magazine article Sunset

Own-Root Roses

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You might assume the roses in your garden are growing from their own roots. Chances are, though, they're hitching a ride on 'Dr. Huey', a sturdier rootstock. When the world fell in love with hybrid teas in the 1940s, growers began budding (grafting) these roses onto other rootstocks to compensate for their lack of vigor. Soon most roses were grown as grafted plants. But in the late '70s, growers began moving some roses back to their own roots. Recently rose growers introduced own-root climbers and floribundas.

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Jackson & Perkins (www.jacksonandperkins.com or 877/322-2300), one of the largest rose producers in the West, is at the forefront of this movement. "The gene pool for roses has improved so much in vigor, production, and disease-resistance that most recent roses can get by on their own roots," says Keith Zary, the company's vice president of research. "Going forward, all our new roses will have that capability." Jackson & Perkins labels them as "New Generation"; other growers simply designate them as "own-root."

Do own-root roses outperform grafted kinds? …

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