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Offshoot help

Jennym83Jennym83 Posts: 41
edited June 2019 in Plants
I have a dwarf Korean lilac tree which has a couple of offshoots. How on earth do I remove them and get them to grow on their own? Will I damage the tree by removing them?


  • Jennym83Jennym83 Posts: 41
    Also, what are these plants growing in the soil? I have a few in different pots around the garden as they seem to randomly start growing anywhere so guessing some kind of wildflower?
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Ornamental or fruit trees are usually grafted onto a rootstock of a similar, but more resilient tree.  It's not unusual for shoots to grow from below the graft, they are called suckers, and because they are more vigorous than the plant you paid for, they will outcompete your ornamental tree.  They are best removed by grasping them firmly and pulling them away from the base of the plant.  Grow them on separately by all means if you like, but they are unlikely to be anything very desirable.  

    Sorry, but I can't see the other plants you refer to.  Can you post another picture of them, and we'll do our best.
  • Jennym83Jennym83 Posts: 41

  • Jennym83Jennym83 Posts: 41
    Sorry I don’t know why it didn’t post the first time
  • Jennym83Jennym83 Posts: 41
    edited June 2019
    If I pull it off will it just grow again? I have noticed near the top of the trunk there’s a bit of wax around it, I’m guessing maybe where they removed an offshoot. 
    I’ll give it a go and see if I can grow the sucker, do I need anything special or do I just put it in water until it grows roots? 
    Thanks for your help
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384
    edited June 2019
    The wax will be where the graft was made, I should think.  As josusa47 said, you need to remove the shoots from the base or all the energy from the roots will go into those instead of your grafted tree at the top.
    The weed is a willowherb which seed everywhere so keep pulling those up whenever you see one.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Jennym83Jennym83 Posts: 41
    Thats great thank you for your advice, I’ll remove them tomorrow.
  • HelixHelix Posts: 631
    Trees that sucker tend to continue to sucker, so you will be removing them regularly. It happens.

     But don’t mess with the wax!  That’s a delicate part of the plant.
  • Jennym83Jennym83 Posts: 41
    Oh that’s a pain but I’ll have to keep my eye on it and remove them as soon as I see them. 
    Oh no, I haven’t and won’t touch the wax.
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