Rootstocks - Unsung Heros
The art of grafting is nothing new. Evidence of the Chinese using grafting techniques has been discovered dating back to as early as 1560 BC. The joining of two pieces of living tissue, or grafting, is used with fruit and ornamental trees, berries, vegetables and many other plant varieties. The purpose of grafting is to combine qualities of the scion with that of the rootstock. More obvious is the selected qualities of the scion, like fruit taste or appearance. But what about the hardworking rootstock?