Roses forum: Is this a rose sucker?

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SarahandColin
Jul 2, 2018 1:48 PM CST
I'm new to rose gardening and not sure if this is a sucker. My climbing rose was bought as a bare root rose in January, it's the Pilgrim variety from David Austin roses.
This shoot has shot up in the last couple of weeks much faster than the rest. It is coming from the base of the rose at ground level but above the rootstock union which is a couple of inches below ground. It has thorns at the bottom but hardly any higher up. The leaves look similar to the rest of the rose, they are slightly brighter green than the older leaves on the rest of the rose but match the younger leaves on the rest of the rose. No sign of flowers on that branch yet.
Is this a sucker that I should remove, or not? It's the slightly paler stem on the left in the first picture,
Thanks!

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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jul 2, 2018 1:54 PM CST
No, I think it is just enthusiastic new growth. Congratulations, your rose is happy!
Porkpal
Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
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jerijen
Jul 2, 2018 3:42 PM CST
DEFINITELY NOT!

This is new, more-mature growth, springing from an existing cane. Your rose is happy, and healthy, and is demonstrating that it's going to grow taller than you thought it was.

SarahandColin
Jul 4, 2018 12:27 AM CST
Thanks for the advice!

SarahandColin
Jul 4, 2018 11:44 AM CST
Thanks for the advice!

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