Own Root V. Budded...Update
A few months back, to illustrate how budding and own root production can compare, I posted photos of these two plants. Today, to illustrate how significant the difference can be, I photographed the same two plants. Both are Mystique Ruffles, propagated at the same time, from the same cuttings received from the same parent plant in the same garden. The budded plant is still in its two gallon can; the own root still in its one gallon can as it has shown no evidence of desiring a larger can. Both are planted in the same moisture control potting soil and both are grown virtually beside each other in the pot ghetto.
The own root plant expresses some rust and has yet to flower. The budded plant has produced two flowers (both used for breeding) and currently has three more flower buds forming. It has no rust, but it is expressing some black spot. The root stock is Pink Clouds and it was propagated using Burling's Chip Budding Method. The shank is taller than is needed because I put multiple buds on it. Above the large growth from the lower bud is a smaller bud which is still alive but not pushing as the lower bud takes all the resources from it, like a stock sucker does from its scion. This winter, I will cut that length of shank with its bud, wrap and root it for a second budded plant.
Of course, there are some varieties which absolutely do not require, or even improve with budding. But, there are many which do. Plus, the budded plant resulted from basically one growth bud. The own root plant required multiple buds. Kim