Our local grower at one time years ago rooted softwood cuttings off rootstock trees he kept and used that for his rootstock to graft to. We have several trees of his from that time. At some point a few years ago he was able to get the same rootstock from one of the big tissue culture propigatigators and used those instead. We also have trees of his from that time period. Same rootstock, one rooted one tissue culture. We have seen a HUGE difference in vigor between the two. The tissue cultured rootstock has many times the vigor that the rooted rootstock has.
Does rooted rootstock lack a taproot that would otherwise be present if from tissue culture or seedling?
No. Clonal rootstocks are produced by stooling, which is essentially layering… a rooted cutting is a rooted cutting.
But…the possibility is that his original rootstocks or the ones he got from the ‘big’ propagators are NOT the same clone.
I just ordered 4 figs from Florida Hill Nusery that I posted in the fig thread and they were listed as virus free tissue cultured figs. Maybe they are better than cuttings but it sounds like they are very small.
Probably not possible. I’ve never seen a fresh fig sold here in my entire life. And apparently they don’t ship well.
When I asked if they were any good I was referring to the Agristart Figs you linked to. Not necessarily the vatiety. Are they high quality? Are they better or worse than the same variety grown from cutting?
I’ve bought the Strawberry Verte fig because it was held in such high regard by people I trust here. The others were simply guesses based on the amount of chatter they get. LSU Purple was one variety and Desert King because it may provide an early Breba crop here in the east coast.
Yes I probably should be more proactive about tracking down people in my local area. There are some farmers markets that might be a good place to start. I really think the amount of people around here growing figs are practically none. I’ve never seen or heard of anyone here growing them. In fact, I get a lot of weird looks from my friends and co-workers when I tell them I’m going to grow figs. I’m trying it anyway because the one fresh fig I’ve ever eaten was delicious.