wax myrtle bushes - Knowledgebase Question

Sanford, NC
Question by fbrown10
July 21, 2007
I have several wax myrtle bushes used for screening. These bushes are quite old and have sprouts growing under the bushes. How can I stop these sprouts from growing? I've tried almost everything. I had the same problem with crepe myrtles also. Thank you

Answer from NGA
July 21, 2007


The upright sprouts are called suckers and many plants consistently produce suckers because they want to colonize an area. It's a normal growth pattern and there's really no way to stop suckering. However, cutting them down at soil level will keep the plants from colonizing an area. Wish I had a better solution for you!

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