My word! Fortuniana really PUSHES!
I've been budding quite a few things on Cardinal Hume, IXL, Pink Clouds and Fortuniana the past several weeks and just discovered something rather startling. I agree this might be able to be attributed to the particular variety, perhaps even the particular bud, but a bud from a seedling a friend shared with me, which I budded on June 4 to a piece of VI Fortuniana I rooted in January of this year has produced this "maiden" in the past month!
This is a bud of Annie Laurie McDowell I inserted on June 16, also on the VI Fortuniana.
The buds on Pink Clouds, Hume and IXL-VI are all green, but none have shown the push those on Fortuniana have.
I found this rather amazing and thrilling! Kim