Roses forum: Suckers

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Name: Kelli
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Kelli
Apr 26, 2016 8:24 AM CST
What do I do with a bush that would rather grow suckers than support the legitimate rose? It used to be a very robust plant. Now it is almost dead.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Apr 26, 2016 10:34 AM CST
Are the suckers the same rose or are they from the root stock?
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Name: Kelli
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Kelli
Apr 26, 2016 10:58 AM CST
They are from root stock.
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Apr 26, 2016 12:01 PM CST

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I'm facing the same problem with one of my roses right now, Kelli. A huge Sally Holmes had to be moved a couple of years ago because of septic work. It apparently doesn't like the new location and started sending up suckers this year. Today I'm going to see how easily the suckers can be detached before the process starts to weaken Sally any further. Sally is down to only three or four canes of its own and now has four healthy suckers waving in the breeze. Today I'll dig down to pull the suckers off Sally and dig all around the rose to make sure the bud union is well above the ground. The person who moved Sally may have planted the rose too deep. In my garden I usually have no suckers as long as I keep the bud union at least 2 inches above the ground.
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Keibon
Apr 21, 2018 8:55 PM CST
Bumping this thread to ask a new question. I have a new rose bush (zephirine drouhin) planted last fall. it is own-root. It has settled in well, but it has sent up what looks like a sucker (more vigorous than the rest of the bush, from below ground level). Is this possible on an own-root plant? And should I remove it? Thanks for any advice!
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Apr 22, 2018 6:42 AM CST
Definitely possible. If, for some reason, you want a "single" plant remove it. If you don't mind a small thicket leave it. Many old roses grow as yours seems to be.
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Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Apr 24, 2018 2:02 AM CST
Being a climber, and a newly planted rose, I'd recommend allowing the sucker (or quite possibly just new basal growth) to grow. I often see more vigorous basal growth on new own root roses. I see this as a good sign, that the plant has developed a healthy root system and ready to produce some mature growth.
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Keibon
Apr 24, 2018 6:39 AM CST
Thank you both! I'm happy to let it grow--it looks so strong, I'd hate to cut it.

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