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Alba Semi-Plena own root vs. grafted

Posted by ratdogheads 5b Southern NH (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 1, 13 at 12:15

I've decided to grow Alba semi-plena next year. For this particular rose in my region, what are your thoughts on own root vs grafted?

The grafted plant would be from Palatine, so multiflora root stock. The own root would be from High Country. I haven't ordered from them before. I see they ship "quart-sized pots" (bigger than a band, I think?)

My only own root rose is a floribunda that I got as a band last summer. Hard to judge her yet. So far the vast majority of my successful roses have been bare root and grafted. The few plants that I've received as bands have been slow but healthy...we have such a short growing season.


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RE: Alba Semi-Plena own root vs. grafted

For a vigorous and hardy rose like an alba, I'd say it doesn't matter over the long run. It's a decision I'd make based on purely transitory things like cost and whether a place had a minimum order. However, expect the own-root one to take 3-4 years to do what the grafted on will do in summer of '15.

IME, where the own-root vs grafted really matters is with roses that aren't cane hardy. The roses where a grafted on can have a good run for a few years before starting to dwindle. Those never seem to do anything, even if they luck into a few mild winters.

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