Nectarine tree suckers - Knowledgebase Question

Hayward, Ca
Question by jackievlasak
June 5, 2010
My nectarine is producing an enormous number of suckers, they are sprouting all over my yard. Why is it producing so many and how can I control them without damaging my tree? Thank you

Answer from NGA
June 5, 2010


I'm afraid there's no way to keep the suckers from being produced. Nectarine trees just do that by nature. Sometimes a root injury will prompt the suckering and sometimes the trees just produce suckers because they are nectarine trees and it's their nature. The best thing to do is cut them off at ground level. There is a product called Sucker Stopper that it touted to stop suckering without harming the tree but I don't have any personal experience with it so I don't know how well it works. Might be worth a try, though.

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