rootstock

noun
root·stock | \ˈrüt-ˌstäk, ˈru̇t-\

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 sense 3b

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Instead, new vines are created not from seeds but by cutting pieces of existing vines and grafting them to rootstock. Kevin Begos, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Grow the First Great American Wine Grape," 6 June 2018 Either grow plums as a bush on dwarfing rootstock or as a fan. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "8 Fruit Trees You Can Grow Right On Your Balcony," 4 Apr. 2017 What new: There is an increasing range of finger lime selections that are budded onto citrus rootstock. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, "Finger limes the ‘caviar’ of citrus for your garden," 9 Apr. 2018 Are there some cases in which the plant looks dead, but the rootstock could be alive? Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Months after Wine Country fires, damaged vineyards face uncertainty," 4 Jan. 2018 The French solved their louse problem in the end by grafting French vines onto American rootstock, which was resistant to the bugs; growers in Rioja had to adopt the same solution when the disease made its way to their vineyards. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "This Family in a Medieval Town in Rioja Is Producing Some of the Best Red Wine in the World," 6 Nov. 2015 First rootstock is planted; the varieties Bays uses have been crossbred to withstand various insects, viruses, molds, and wet conditions—Nemaguard, Lovell, and Hansen. Mike Sager, Esquire, "Growing Almonds in the Desert," 25 Feb. 2015 The fruiting part of the vine is grafted to a different rootstock, usually one with vigorous growth and resistance to disease. Constance Casey, Slate Magazine, "After the Fires, What Will Become of California’s Wine Crop?," 18 Oct. 2017 Rucks is the largest citrus nursery in the U.S., with 850,000 young budlings and rootstock. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "Why Your Orange Juice Might Be From Brazil: Florida’s Trees Are Dying," 26 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of rootstock

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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