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Post by Guest on 12th December 2011, 21:53

Can't answer that. I suspect the plant would sucker anyway, as a form of insurance.

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Post by LiliB on 13th December 2011, 10:24

I don't really understand the concept of suckering from one's own roots. I would have thought that a sucker wouldn't be a problem if it came from the plant itself, since the understock suckering serves to weaken the parent plant and is therefore removed.

Naive question perhaps - Wouldn't a self-sucker be equivalent to a water shoot?
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Post by Guest on 13th December 2011, 12:21

Suckering can be a problem if it walks all through your garden, as some of them will.
We saw that at Mt Lofty Botanic Garden- the species roses on their own roots travelled so far that you couldn't tell which label belonged to which plant. And the stronger gallicas walked over the top of the weaker ones. Since then there have been major rearrangements.

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Post by LiliB on 13th December 2011, 12:35

Fair enough. Since I grow only HTs and Floribundas, that presumably wouldn't be a major problem?
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 13th December 2011, 16:30

No is my answer Lili Thumbsup
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Post by LiliB on 13th December 2011, 16:55

That's good, because I fully intend to plant any new roses below the bud union. I was really irritated when I found a limb about 600mm long snapped off a young rose, Fragrant Plum, by high winds. It constitutes virtually the whole of this season's growth and was full of lovely blooms. I'm only hoping it can make up for this loss sometime in the future. The old wood doesn't look too inspiring.

That was just a nasty southerly, which is currently rocking some of my roses quite dramatically. Heaven knows, the worst is still to come with the northerlies that will rock them viciously in the opposite direction in the next couple of months, and at much higher velocity.

I'm beginning to see why the English were so fond of their walled gardens. Their plants weren't just wooses after all. Laughing Laughing Laughing
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