What Is a Sucker on a Rose Bush?

Suckers are branches which form from the rootstalk below the graft union. These suckers should be removed to allow the rose to concentrate its energy on the desired blooms.

Keywords: growing roses, rose suckers, pruning roses

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Jenn Mercer is a Writer, Poet, and Translator (French > English) living in Raleigh, NC. She has Bachelors degrees in both English (Creative Writing) and French from NC State University. Mercer has been published in the Grapevine, Astropoetica, Talkin Blues, Nth Degree, the CATI Quarterly, The Fix, and Uncle John's Bathroom Reader for Kids.