root·​stock | \ ˈrüt-ˌstäk How to pronounce rootstock (audio) , 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 7b

Examples of rootstock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This year, Gamble will begin replanting vines lower to the ground on weather-resistant native rootstock and adjusting the vines’ row orientation to protect grapes from the hot midday sun. Monica Prelle, Outside Online, 17 Jan. 2022 If the roses are grafted, non-flowering rootstock suckers could be taking over the plants, although this would tend to occur more sporadically on a couple of plants in a large planting of roses, versus all of the plants. Tim Johnson,, 6 Nov. 2021 Pruning out the suckers will not harm either the rootstock or the scion. Beth Botts,, 14 Nov. 2021 In other states, efforts to ban the trees have faced resistance from the plant industry, researchers said, given how much nurseries rely on their hardiness in using it as rootstock. New York Times, 26 Nov. 2021 The bottom plant, called the rootstock, provides the root system. Beth Botts,, 14 Nov. 2021 Sometimes the rootstock sends up shoots of its own, as suckers from below the graft union. Beth Botts,, 14 Nov. 2021 Winzler and Wenk grafted more than 500 scions of rootstock at the beginning of the season, of which about two-thirds took. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 In his class, Bert successfully grafted an apple tree’s scion wood, its newest growth, to a rootstock more suited to the northern climate. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of rootstock

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rootstock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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