Fortuniana Rootstock Preferred for Lowcountry GardensBy Mary Beth Martin
Over the past 10 years, serious rose gardeners across the Southeast have found that roses grafted onto Fortuniana rootstock are ideal for our sandy soil and mild climate.
The long fibrous root system of Fortuniana is quite vigorous, and as a result, it can transfer more nutrients to the plant. The more food the rose receives, the faster it grows. The size of the blooms is also increased.
According to a 1996 article published in The American Rose, Fortuniana is highly resistant to nematodes and also to gall, stem dieback and root diseases such as pythium, phophtora and rhysoctonia.
Jim Mills, owner of K&M Nursery, is one of the largest producers of roses on Fortuniana. He offers these tips for planting roses on Fortuniana roots:
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