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Ann Ennis2Ann Ennis2 Posts: 50

Do rose suckers always emanate from the root stock? I ask this because my 'Gepff Hamilton' rose has several new shoots which are a completely different colour, basically quite red, appearing from quite high up the bush. For example, some at least a foot from the root stock, and some smaller ones higher up still. I have always pulled the red shoots off as soon as I spot them, but haven't been to examine the plant for several days because of severely inclement weather, and now see many of these new shoots. Are they just this, ie new shoots of the named rose, or are they unwanted suckers? If the latter, I need to do something about them very soon! If not, why are they such a different colour?

Thanks for any insights into this.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,412


    you're pulling off all the new growth. 

    Suckers always come from the root stock which is a different plant, New growth is often reddish even if it turns green later.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Ann Ennis2Ann Ennis2 Posts: 50

    Thank you - glad I stopped to ask!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,412


    In the sticks near Peterborough
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