The super rootstock for
What is Fortuniana rootstock?
If you want to grow good roses in Florida you need to buy your roses grafted on this
Fortuniana adapts well to
Florida and extracts nutrients from a wide variety of soils.
Because of its vigor roses
grown on fortuniana seem to be resistant to nematodes.
Nematodes are microscopic
worms which live in the soil in Florida. Because we do not have a long
period of cold weather they
are always present.
Bushes grafted on fortuniana
will usually be larger with larger blooms Several tips for growing roses on fortuniana
1. The massive root system
lies close to the soil's surface and may be damaged by cultivating of foot traffic.
2. Select your site carefully
as moving will cause a setback to the bush.
3. Because of its rapid growth
more nitrogen fertilizer is needed by the bush and they need to be fed all year.
4. Prune lightly leaving
36" of cane. Young bushes should only have dead stock removed.
5. Be patient since fortunians
bushes need approximately 2 years before their full potential can be enjoyed.