This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Having read with interest the remarks of your correspondents on the above subject with some diffidence, in regard to rushing into print and difficulties, etc., I am induced to send you my experience in the hope that the disease may be well defined, and some one prescribe a remedy. Two years ago I had a very fine plant on a Manetti stock, which showed all the symptoms described by your correspondents. The stock outgrew the rose three to one, forming an excres-ence at the point of union, and the gradual decay of the plant was the result. I had at the same time plants worked on LaMarque and Solfaterre, which were in excellent health, and are yet, being entirely free from any appearance of disease. I have noticed the same disease, or the same cause, produce the same effect in other grafted trees where the stock has not been suitable from some cause to the growth of the scion. I have also noticed that a very little neglect in disbudding old plants in the early part of the summer, when they are usually put outside or the sashes taken off, will cause the decay of the leading branches farthest from the base of the plant, the sap preferring to support a lot of younger branches nearer the roots and leaving the old ones to die or starve.
It is not my wish to raise any point for controversy, but I would certainly advise anyone who intends growing the Marechal on light, sandy soil, to keep from planting imported Roses. In the hands of our leading flower-growers on strong clay or loamy soils they do well for a few years and are replaced from time to time; but in my opinion, better results could be obtained under any circumstances with plants worked on the strong growing varieties of the Noisette class.