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December 2012
2012 Vineyard Survey Report: What Rootstocks Are We Using?
Results show some clear favorites. Best choice will always depend on-site conditions.
by Mark Greenspan
With so many important decisions to be made when planting a vineyard, it is impossible to pick one that is singularly most important. Regardless, rootstock selection would be high on the list of relative importance. Trellises can be modified, scion varieties can be grafted over, vines can be interplanted (yuck!), but rootstocks cannot be changed over. There were some efforts at approach grafting1 I made in the early 1990s when AxR#1 failed, but most failed completely or in part. Essentially, you...
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