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I,ve just noticed on my st switch un rose a shoot comin from under the soil that is thicker and straighter than the rest and it,s leaves are a bit redder, it,s been in a year, can,t believe I didn't,t notice sooner, is this a sucker,should I remove it? If it isn't,t will I damage the rose?



  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    What's a 'st switch un rose' Rosemummy?  I take it you're typing with babe in arms again image

    Can't answer the question but will be interested in seeing the answer and it always makes me smile to read your posts when I can tell your holding baby image

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,548

    if the "union" is planted below soil level, as it should be, it might well be a " true" stem. Suckers are normally paler with different thorns. Can you add a photo? (carefully put baby down first xx )

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,548

    tsk @ you Orchid Lady, cheeky minx. I'm sure you know Rosemummy means St Swithun Rose. tee hee.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I honestly didn't know, I'm not very well up on my roses Hosta image Louise knows I'm only joking anyway image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    The biggest feature of a sucker from a different rootstock  is that it's different to the rest of the bush.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    Yes o.l I have him on my knee and extra excuse we,re all I'll coughs and colds haven,t set foot outside for 3days, the stem is different,I did plant graft below soil. O.l I love roses and can spot a few varieties but still know so little!i,m going to keep a eye, I,ll take a pic,maybe 1 day I,ll even post it!,,,how long can I leave it without it taking over ?

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Oh no Rosemummy image Hope you are all feeling better soon. Poorly boys love their mummy cuddles when they are poorly, even when they are teenagers (but don't tell them I said that image)

    I love roses too, but know nothing.  My MIL bought me Many Happy Returns for my birthday which I have planted today and my climbing Iceberg, but I know nothing about suckers etc image

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    Heehee I hope my2 still let me cuddle them when they,re big, I think I maybe a v embarrassing mummy! I saw a sucker on my iceberg straight away, it was only 3 ins and very pink,the one one on st switch un is a foot tall, just looked out it is paler, much smoother, I,ll look close up when I don,t feel like horses have trampled my head aaarrrghhh! Just noticed this d?!n I pad won,t let me type st swithun!,,there, managed, I never look what I,ve typed,flipping technology!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,053

    I've been reading up on St Swithin and the DAustin site says it's vigorous and often grown as a climber - taking that on board my guess is that it's not grafted and that the new shoot is good.  

    To be certain I would take a photo and email it to the DAustin site - they have an email address for their customer service dept, and a reputation for being helpful 

    Don't panic - it's not going to take over your rose in a few weeks even if it is a sucker.

    Get well soon Rosemummy and little one image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ..if you're careful you can remove the soil around the shoot, using a trowel, rather like a cat digs a pit... until you can see where it's coming from...a little rummaging is involved here but it's not difficult....if above the union then it's the rose, if below it's a sucker and you can remove it... this won't bother the rose too much...

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