Roses reverting back to "wild" - Knowledgebase Question

Westminster, Ca
Question by mariemiget
May 26, 2010
I always remove suckers from my thirty rose bushes; however, last year two changed from beautiful white blooms to dark red

Answer from NGA
May 26, 2010


It sounds as though you know most roses are grafted onto vigorous root stock. If you keep the suckers growing from beneath the graft cut back, you can keep the root stock from overgrowing the grafted part of the rose. However, sometimes the graft is damaged and dies, which allows the rootstock to overtake the top of the plant, and sometimes the grafted rose simply dies down. Because you've got the rootstock roses growing throughout the shrub, I don't think there's any way to save the rose. You may need to dig and replace the rose. Wish I had better news for you!

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