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Q.I have a sucker coming up from a knockout rose tree. Is that normal?

Zone Zone 7 | Anonymous added on June 26, 2020 | Answered

I have a knockout rose tree that is 2 years old. Just noticed a 12 inch sucker coming up next to the trunk. Is it ok to remove it?

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Answered on June 27, 2020

Rose trees are grafted creations by man. So anything coming up from its base by the trunk is indeed a sucker of the grafted rootstock. Thus it should be removed so as not to take nutrition away from the upper Knock Out rose.

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