MOTHER PLANTS & GRAFTING
Grafting rhododendrons has a long tradition. In the past, this method of propagation has been mainly used for varieties which didn‘t root well. Those problems are mostly solved nowadays, but the main reason for grafting is another one for us today.
The breeder selects his seedlings usually by criteria which are above the ground, such as growth habit, foliage, coloured new shoots and, of course, mainly the ﬂ ower - but rarely for its strong roots. With ‘Cunningham‘s White’, we have an excellent, robust rootstock, whose positive attributes are transferred to the new plant and therefore also varieties with poor genetic roots are vigorous, frosthardy and long-living. So the garden loving consumer has joy with his rhododendron for a long time.
We are convinced, that it is the best in the long run, to produce such a quality product. That‘s why we consequently graft almost all better hybrids and also yakushimanum, which show a stronger growth then. For a long time we practise what we call „Ammenveredlung“ (in Holland „stenten“) with unrooted rootstocks. The advantage is the saving of the pre-cultivation of rootstocks and the bushy growth from bottom up.