Roses forum: Sucker or Grafted Rose?? Eureka Floribunda??

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LVR358
May 24, 2017 2:07 PM CST
Hi All!

I bought what I THINK is a Eureka Floribunda Rose 3 years ago. It grew not too vigorously in width but reached about 4 ft in height first year, but upright with a few blooms. I do not remember it having much growth on the bottom,and the blooms didn't face upward, more horizontal facing as it opened if that matters or maybe typical. The buds were apricot with yellow petals with pinkish apricot tips that faded to pale yellow. The second year it did not come back (definitely my fault I did not mulch for winter and it was a cold one). I was told my zone goes between 5 and 4b depending on the winter we have. I cut back the bush last year, but left the stub. This spring there is new growth next to the stub which I assumed was a sucker and maybe another little one?? It has very dark green, reddish purple tipped oval glossy toothed leaves with similar color stem. Is this definitely a sucker or could it be the top rose (presumedly Eureka)? Also some stems have 5 leaves and others 7, but maybe each stem hasn't finished developing leaves- it's about 1' tall??? Sorry Rose novice! I made the mistake of starting with too large a garden and this and one other Rose bush didn't receive the tlc they needed.

Should I expect this new growth to bloom if it is a sucker or plant I bought? Will it bloom first year? Is this definitely a sucker? Does the description sound like a Eureka Rose? And if so what type of blooms should I expect if it is a sucker? Also what should I do with the stub remaining in the ground? And should I move it to another location since it died back (possibly) completely? Sorry very confused and surprised there would be any growth what so ever after a whole year and a half??!!

Thank you for ANY suggestions at all!

I'm stumped!
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May 25, 2017 12:33 AM CST

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gemini_sage
May 25, 2017 6:50 AM CST
If it is Eureka it should bloom this year considering how much growth is present now. However I think the chances of it being Eureka are slim if it has been a year and a half since it died back (if I'm reading that correctly).

I think those are probably suckers from the rootstock, which is likely to be 'Dr. Huey'. If so it will be next year before you see blooms- Dr. Huey blooms once a year on last year's canes. Come to think of it, I don't believe Dr. Huey is cane hardy in your zone, so you may not see blooms next year either.
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
May 25, 2017 8:13 AM CST

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That's what I told her in a t-mail, that if there is no growth on the main stem, it is most likely coming from the root stock and should be removed along with that dead main rose.
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