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I planted a climbing rose last year which is doing just fine. BUT there
is one very straight, very different, very thick, very red with very red leaves (the rest of the plant is greenish) growing up from the base. I presume this must be the original bit from which this species was grafted on to?
here's the question: Do I chop it off, or do I let it carry on growing?
Thanks to all you lovely helpful peole out there.
I do love this site, if I ever get bored (sitting in my office and just wishing I could be out there pottering about in my garden and the allotment bit), I log on and see what's going on here!
Always feel better for it
Thanks everybody!



I too love this site Anne. This sound like a sucker to me if it is just rip it off at the base rather than cutting.

10 Apr, 2010


Gosh that was quick Drc, it's early Saturday morning! I was out there having my first cup of tea in the sunshine (best time of the day, I love it!) and looking around to see how it was all growing..............
OK thanks Drc, I'll go out there and rip it off right now!
have a great weekend everybody

10 Apr, 2010


Yes its a lovely morning Anne

10 Apr, 2010


Hold hard a minute there - this red, strong stem - is it coming from beneath the soil, or under the graft, or on top of the graft? And the easiest way to tell if its a sucker is to count the leaflets - the suckers usually have more leaflets than the rose itself. Suckers are, in fact, usually green, and often new growth on a rose is pink/red tinged.

10 Apr, 2010


Thats what i thought too bamboo...I love the new red stems..:>)

10 Apr, 2010

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