Roses forum: Suckers

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Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
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Kelli
Apr 26, 2016 8:24 AM CST
What do I do with a bush that would rather grow suckers than support the legitimate rose? It used to be a very robust plant. Now it is almost dead.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Apr 26, 2016 10:34 AM CST
Are the suckers the same rose or are they from the root stock?
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Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
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Kelli
Apr 26, 2016 10:58 AM CST
They are from root stock.
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Apr 26, 2016 12:01 PM CST

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I'm facing the same problem with one of my roses right now, Kelli. A huge Sally Holmes had to be moved a couple of years ago because of septic work. It apparently doesn't like the new location and started sending up suckers this year. Today I'm going to see how easily the suckers can be detached before the process starts to weaken Sally any further. Sally is down to only three or four canes of its own and now has four healthy suckers waving in the breeze. Today I'll dig down to pull the suckers off Sally and dig all around the rose to make sure the bud union is well above the ground. The person who moved Sally may have planted the rose too deep. In my garden I usually have no suckers as long as I keep the bud union at least 2 inches above the ground.

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