What is Rootstock?
The term "rootstock" refers to special roots that some plants are grown on to help them survive and thrive in different environments. The roots of one plant and the top of another plant are fused together to create a stronger and oftentimes prettier "super-plant" than it would have been if grown on its original roots.
History of Fortuniana Rootstock
A vigorous white climber known as Double Cherokee was discovered by Robert Fortune in Southern China in the mid-1800s and was later named Rosa Fortuniana. Although a stunning specimen climber, Fortuniana is best known for its uses as a rootstock.
Brought to the state of Florida in the 1950s, it was quickly found that Fortuniana tolerated soil-borne pests such as nematodes and gall that are common in Florida's sandy soils. This in combination with Florida's warmer climate gave Fortuniana Rootstock the perfect environment to shine.
Why is Fortuniana Rootstock so Hard to Find?
Propagation of Fortuniana roots is much more challenging compared to standard rootstocks like Huey or Multiflora. This is why it can be so hard for home gardeners to find. Because of their rarity, roses grown on Fortuniana rootstock tend to cost more than roses with standard rootstocks of a similar size.
The Lifespan of Fortuniana Budded Roses
Fortuniana Rootstock has a longer lifespan than typical rootstock roses—in fact, decades longer! Long-lived between 20-40 years, its performance will only increase as time goes on!
Bloom-Size of Fortuniana Budded Roses
Fortuniana Rootstock Roses produce larger blooms than roses grown on their own rootstock. Experts have estimated a 20% larger bloom size on Fortuniana Rootstock Roses.
Are Fortuniana Budded Roses More Disease Resistant?
With significantly greater vigor and adaptability in the South, Fortuniana Rootstock is resistant to crown gall and root knot nematodes. Its disease and pest resistance is far better than roses grown on their own rootstock.
How to plant a Fortuniana Budded Rose
Once received, plant your Fortuniana Rootstock Roses as soon as possible. Staking may be necessary throughout the first few years of maturity. One of the main strengths of Fortuniana budded roses is its free-ranging root system. While it will do well as a container plant, it is best not to limit its size by constraining its vigorous root system.