The roses you admire are usually grafted onto a rose canina rose, which is nothing more than a wild rose. Often it happens that the rootstock is more vigorous than the grafted variety. Who will win? The rootstock, in its rage to grow, develops stems called suckers or suckers and which appear under the graft pad. You must remove them immediately, cutting them as close as possible to their base. Explanations!

How to recognize a gourmand?

Generally, the sucker is a lighter colored shoot, more vigorous and very thorny. But you will more surely distinguish it by its foliage: the leaf, like that of roses, is composed, but instead of having five small leaves (or leaflets), it has seven.

Cut the gourmand well, for example with a very sharp knife or a sharp knife, by cutting it as close as possible. If it originated on a root, and not under the graft pad, do not hesitate to uproot the root carrying the gourmand.

What would happen if you let the foodies?

When there is a struggle, there is usually a winner. In this precise case, the rootstock monopolizes the sap which should benefit the grafted variety; this weakens, the rootstock, on the other hand, gains in force … Then one fine morning, the beautiful rose bush disappeared in favor of a common wild rose. There is only one possibility: to graft a variety back onto the rootstock.

On stem roses, which are grafted at the top, or on a half-stem a rosehip stem 60 cm to 1.20 m, the gourmets can appear on the trunk: cut them as soon as they point the end of their leaves. And without mercy.

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