Roses forum: tree rose rescue

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dorothyr
Sep 16, 2020 12:36 PM CST
my next door neighbor planted a tree rose about 5 or 6 yrs ago, peace I think, watered it a few times and that was it. He did prop it up. I dead headed it after the first couple of blooms and it got a lot of water from me watering my stuff. Then I got the impression my involvement was not appreciated so it has had no water for about 3 years except for rain. I thought this summer had finished it, but it still show life in the last few weeks. So I asked the owner if I could prune it and take care of it.

There was a branch stump coming off the base (can't figure out why the grower would leave that) which regularly sent out lots of suckers which they did lop off eventually, but i found they had taken root and formed a whole new bush which had a 1" tap root a few inches from the main plant. Getting all that out was quite a task. That wood is really hard. That is some tough rootstock. I cut the new bush off and got a couple of inches of its root. I am afraid to go too far down as I might damage the roots of the main plant. What should I do with it?

I got as much of the offshoot as I could but it seems to have a root that branches off the main root as its root seems to be part of the main stalk.

the picture shows the off-shoot stump and the new bush root stump. Will these continue to send out suckers? What can I do with them?

I trimmed out the dead wood and some of the branches that had bloomed. Is this a good time to prune? How far should I go? I'm thinking to just lop off that tall branch to round off the profile. I hope the picture is sufficient.

It responded to a deep soaking a few days ago with quite a few new shoots and blooms which are a miniature of what they were the first year. Hoping it will become the phenomenal display it should be.

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Name: seil
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seilMI
Sep 16, 2020 9:41 PM CST
You could try and root it but it won't be Peace. It will be what ever the root stock is.

The suckers will probably grow back because you didn't do enough damage to the point where they are coming from the main tree. In order to stop the root stock from growing you need to damage the node it is growing from so it can not grow again. I would dig right down and find the source and RIP it away so that you do damage it some to keep it from coming back.

dorothyr
Sep 17, 2020 12:37 PM CST
Not wanting to grow suckers. I was asking how to treat the sucker stumps without damaging the main stem.

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