Rose vine pruning - Knowledgebase Question

Sacramento, Ca
Question by ljtaricco
June 30, 2010
How can I tell when it's a regular branch or a sucker branch? I have some shoots taking off crazily and don't know if I should prune them because they are suckers or leave them. How can you tell?

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


Hybrid roses are generally grafted onto a vigorous rootstock. The graft union is easy to identify, just follow the main stem down to the soil level. Somewhere just above the soil line you'll find a swollen area. That's the graft. If canes or stems are growing from below the graft, they are called suckers and should be cut down. Otherwise the vigorous rootstock sprouts will eventually overtake the grafted rose and you'll end up with something quite different than you expected. Good luck!

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