Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To supply insufficiently with stock; put too small a stock in or on: said generally of a farm.
- v. transitive To stock with an insufficient amount.
- n. horticulture The rootstock onto which the scion is grafted.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To supply insufficiently with stock.
- v. stock with less than the usual or desirable number or quantity
- under- + stock (Wiktionary)
“You cut your scion wedge and then make your understock cut and you will seldom make a mistake after you get experience.”
“Illinois orchard is on a Wisconsin bitternut understock.”
“Broadview has often suffered winter injury at both locations, and in 1950-51 was killed to the understock at Urbana.”
“The use of eastern black walnut as understock has been practised by several orchardists and nurserymen, and a few will have trees for sale in the near future.”
“The suggested understock is black walnut (_J. nigra_) though established hardy Carpathian and other Persian walnuts may be satisfactory for top working.”
“The grafts had blended with the understock and the offspring was different from either parent.”
“I am wondering from what Mr. Hardy has told us today if it may not be an understock problem, and if it is an understock problem -- if there are certain strains of understock which are compatible with certain scions, possibly we should ask for some investigations, some more research to be done in this direction.”
“It is possible that this factor may be overcome by using Turkish hazel (_C. colurna_ L.) as an understock and grafting or budding thereon the varieties that sprout when on their own roots.”
“Note by Editor: An Oregon nursery, which formerly propagated European filberts on the Turkish understock, now has abandoned its use.”
“But it appears more likely that some northern pecan seed can be found which will produce a hardy understock to furnish a seedling of sufficient vigor and size for propagating purposes in five years or less.”
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