Definition of rootstock
1 : a rhizomatous underground part of a plant
2 : a stock for grafting consisting of a root or a piece of root; broadly : stock 3b
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The Penedès region lost many red wine varieties to the scare, and afterwards, wineries planted white varieties that had been grafted with phylloxera-resistant American rootstock.
Dig up the rootstock in fall after the leaves and stems turn black.
The Dr. Huey rose was introduced to market in 1914 and is a wichurana climbing rose now largely used for rootstock and breeding.
They were first introduced into the U.S. in 1908, for use as rootstock and to breed fire blight resistance into commercial pear varieties.
The hop produces annual vines from a permanent rootstock known as the crown.
In creating Coachella, Tollett took the best aspects of the indie-rock, jam-band, and SoCal rave/dance nineties festivals, added the large art installations of Burning Man, and grafted this new festival hybrid onto the original hippie rootstock—
Eventually France imported phylloxera-resistant rootstock from the United States, grafted their vines onto it and rebuilt their vineyards.
Since lizards persisted through the era of dinosaurian dominance, and had survived to the present day, Matthew wondered if modern lizards might form the rootstock for creatures just as fantastic as Allosaurus, Brachiosaurus, and Stegosaurus.
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