budding onto Queen Elizabeth rootstock

donaldvancouver(cool wet z8)December 7, 2012

Hi- I have a number of Queen E cuttings that appear to be pretty keen on rooting. More than I need, in fact. So I'm thinking, if she's willing to put the roots down, maybe I can bud something onto her. Does anybody have any experience with Queen E as a rootstock? Thanks.

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Are you sure that your Queen Elizabeth is not virused?

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 8:36PM
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donaldvancouver(cool wet z8)

Hello- No, I don't see any evidence of it, but I have no way of ensuring that it's absolutely clean. Is QE prone to virus?

I hope to raise my own multiflora from seed starting next year, but for now using QE would just be a matter of not letting it go to waste. And also curiosity.


    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 8:57PM
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U.S. Queen Elizabeths were initially sold when the use of virused rootstocks was common. However, later some nurseries have made the effort to provide heat treated, virused indexed free roses. If you know which company produced yours, you can ask what their policy is about selling virused indexed free roses.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 11:09PM
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It is almost guaranteed that any plant of QE you might encounter is virused, since it was released into commerce in that condition.

If you just want to experiment with budding onto QE, there's no reason not to, as long as you make the assumption that anything you bud onto it will end up virused, as that is a likely outcome.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 8:16PM
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donaldvancouver(cool wet z8)

Thanks very much Trospero and Henry- I do value your knowledge. I am trying to master the mechanics of chip budding and this seemed like a good experiment. It seems sad that they tend to be virused. They are a spectacular rose.


    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 9:18PM
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Your Queen Elizabeth may be free of virus. The University Of California at Davis offers it as one of their rose varieties. This is a link to their available varieties.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2012 at 10:09PM
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