The Influence of Rootstock Lateral Buds on Bench-Chip-Budded 'Mirandy' Field Roses.

by Yui-Sing Fann, Fred T. Davies, Jr., and D. R. Paterson

A positive correlation existed between the development of shoot and root systems of 'Mirandy' roses. Scions bench-chip-budded below rootstock lateral shoots were inhibited by apical dominance. Inhibition of scion apices was overcome by pruning the top of each rootstock above the graft. Rootstock axillary buds were necessary for adequate initial root-system establishment, but should be eliminated early in the growth cycle to maximize scion development of rose bushes and reduce field production time.

Scientia Horticulturae, 20 (1983) 101-106.