Propagation of Rose Rootstock ‘Doctor Huey’ from Hardwood Cuttings
Bear Creek grows Jackson & Perkins and Armstrong brand cultivars of roses. We are located 20 miles north of Bakersfield, CA, near the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley. Most of our plants are budded onto one rootstock which we grow from hardwood cuttings. We plant approximately 17,000,000 hardwood cuttings each year and average 97% live cuttings stands. Our main rootstock is ‘Doctor Huey’, and we bud the selected cultivars onto that.
We start by fumigating our fields with methyl bromide in July or August and then prepare them for planting. The cuttings are collected from the 180 acres of stool blocks we maintain for cuttings source. We select cuttings that are mature enough that they won't bend easily, and are ¼ to 7/16 in. in diameter. Five crews made up of 10 people each, who follow a tractor and trailer through the stool block, gather canes 30 in. long and place them on the trailer where they are grouped into bunches of 50 and placed in a tube that has slots that allow for
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