Products – Rooted rootstocks
Rooted rootstocks are an alternative to the classic grafted vines. Still in use in certain viticultural regions where the field grafting tradition is present, as South Italy, Eastern Europe, Balkans and North Africa. The peculiarity of the field grafting, is that the rootstocks upon which the buds are grafted, have already a developed root system. This reduced the stress for the plant. Ongoing studies are evaluating the impact this grafting method has on reducing the incidence of wood diseases. It is suggested that vine plants obtained through field grafting are less likely to develop wood diseases.
We select rootstocks, exhibiting characteristics suitable for rooting, perfectly lignified, with a calibre between 5 and 8 mm, to obtain high quality rooted rootstocks. Selected rootstocks are planted in the nursery in May, after being waxed, and harvested in November. During its vegetative cycle in nursery, the rootstock develops its rooting system as well as increases its calibre, to its final 7 to 10 mm.
As for grafted vines, rooted rootstocks undergo rigorous quality control during sorting, to ascertain the perfect rooting system development as well as the complete lignification.
On demand, before delivery, rooted rootstocks can be cut to meet the required length (from 30 to 60cm) and eventually re-waxed.