Sucker problem on Rosa 'Canary Bird'
Berkshire, United Kingdom
A friend has a Canary Bird Rose which is about 10 years old. Unfortunately it was planted with the graft below the soil level and is suckering badly, these are traced back to source and pulled off. The rose is growing in a bottomless brick raised bed 6' x 18" and 2'6" high so it is likely the roots go down rather than spreading. Lowering the soil level to below the graft will mean small things cannot really be grown in front of the rose. It would be difficult to dig the rose out to replant but would this be likely to succeed if it was possible?
My only idea was to remove the soil around the graft and loosely encase it with something like a bottomless flower pot and then bring the soil back around it. Would this be likely to work or are there any other solutions?
- 2 Sep, 2009