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ˈrutˌstɒk, ˈrʊt-root·stock

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rhizome, rootstock, rootstalknoun

    a horizontal plant stem with shoots above and roots below serving as a reproductive structure

  2. rootstocknoun

    root or part of a root used for plant propagation; especially that part of a grafted plant that supplies the roots


  1. rootstocknoun

    A healthy plant that is used as the base for grafting a scion

  2. rootstocknoun

    The necessary basis for something to develop


  1. rootstock

    Rootstock, also known as a rootstalk or simply stock, refers to the root portion of a plant, typically a tree, which other plant species or cultivars are grafted onto. Rootstock is used primarily to control the plant's growth, improve its resistance to pests and diseases, and to adapt it better to certain soil or climate conditions. The characteristics of the rootstock can significantly influence the characteristics of the plant that is grafted onto it.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rootstocknoun

    a perennial underground stem, producing leafly s/ems or flower stems from year to year; a rhizome


  1. Rootstock

    A rootstock is a plant, sometimes just a stump, which already has an established, healthy root system, onto which a cutting or a bud from another plant is grafted. In some cases, such as vines of grapes and other berries, cuttings may be used for rootstocks, the roots being established in nursery conditions before planting them out. The plant part grafted onto the rootstock is usually called the scion. The scion is the plant that has the properties that propagator desires above ground, including the photosynthetic activity and the fruit or decorative properties. The rootstock is selected for its interaction with the soil, providing the roots and the stem to support the new plant, obtaining the necessary soil water and minerals, and resisting the relevant pests and diseases. After a few weeks the tissues of the two parts will have grown together, eventually forming a single plant. After some years it may be difficult to detect the site of the graft although the product always contains the components of two genetically different plants. The use of rootstocks is most commonly associated with fruiting plants and trees, but is the only way to mass propagate many other types of plants that do not breed true from seed, or are particularly susceptible to disease when grown on their own roots.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rootstock in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rootstock in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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