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Can rose suckers grow halfway up the plant?

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  1. DebraB

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    I have a dead tree in a corner of the garden and have planted a climbing rose at the base to hopefully make a more decorative feature of it.

    The rose has only been in for less than a year, so this spring/summer was its first - and it was a cold spring and then a very hot and dry summer so far, so I was prepared for the rose not to do much - just gave it feed and water and hoped it would survive.

    But it has produced some strange new growth. Long stems have shot out from one of the existing stems that I had tied in horizontally to try and encourage just that. However, the stems are pale and have strange, stunted-looking leaves. They come from the point where another "normal" leaf stem is already growing. They don't look right. I thought suckers would only appear from the base of the plant, below the graft - but these look like suckers! Or are they stunted because of the weather? Or could the rose dislike being planted by the rotting tree?

    Do you think I should cut them off, or just leave them?


    Thanks for any advice - I'll try and upload some photos of the normal leaves, the strange ones and the point at which they shoot from the normal stem.

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    • pete

      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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      I wouldn't class them as suckers, but I cant really see what you mean about different growth.:smile:
      New leaves will look slightly different to old ones until they harden.
       
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        I agree with Pete. They are just normal shoots that need to finish growing. I sometimes find that the young growths are red and then turn green over a few weeks; the leaves will also reach full size.
         
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          ok, thanks both of you for your reassurance - we have loads of other roses, and none have ever had these little stubby leaves but I'll give them a few more weeks to start looking normal :-)
           
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          Good morning @DebraB my friend the answer to your question is they are not suckers,and if you get any suckers you should pull them off and not cut them off as they will grow again if cut:smile:
           
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          pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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          On second thoughts the only time you could get suckers half way up the stem is if it was a trained standard.
          I dont think yours is, is it?
           
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          No, @pete, it is just a climbing rose. I think a standard would be one with a “trunk” and the bush at the top, like a lollipop? Thanks for the second thought
           
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            martin-f Plant Hardiness Zone 8b

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            Climbing roses usually flower twice a year once on old growth then on this years growth keep training the new shoots to where you want them, mid to late winter is a good time to prune.
             
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            thanks for the advice @martin-f. Nice fox :-)
             
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