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May 03, 2011



LOL LOL LOL LOL Love the closing statement! But tell me, this is a first for me... the rootstock should be below the ground? You mean that knobby thing that sticks out? I thought that was supposed to be ABOVE ground. Can you clarify this for me? I have seen those ridiculous things sprout out and I just cut them off, too. No twisting for me either. Too painful. Let me know about the knobby thing or if that's something different than rootstock. Thanks! :-)


Wendy, I am not the best gardener in the world. I just enjoy gardening. If you look at the last picture, you can see clearly that I have let the dirt around the knobby thing erode. The knobby thing is called the graft union. In Warm climates the rose should be planted so that the dirt comes all the way up to but not over the graft union. In cold climates I believe it should be below the dirt.
The rootstock is on the bottom half of the knobby thing and the cultivated rose is on top for the most part.
I hope that answers your question.

Patricia Tryon

My garden has two maluses and with their suckering tendency, they take up far too much garden effort. I'm desperate enough to try your ultimate solution ;)

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