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Pruning out suckers – Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’

Friday, June 26th, 2009

We purchased a climbing rose from R.V.Roger Ltd Rose Nursery, Pickering last year, to add some colour to the magnolia tree in the summer, after the tree had long since flowered in the spring. The climber we purchased is called Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’, described as a huge and very vigorous climbing and scrambling rose; with creamy-white scented flowers. We’ve been regularly checking on it’s progress last winter, and early spring waiting for it to flower, within the last few weeks the plant suddenly started to put on massive growth, which comparing the growth with the rest of the plant, I suspect this was a sucker from the host plant, which has grown from beneath the graft.

Sucker below graft

Sucker below graft

close up of sucker below graft?

close up of sucker below graft?

I debated long and hard, and on inspection I think it’s a sucker, so proceeded to cut it off.

sucker removed

sucker removed

It’s almost four feet in length.

after - sucker removed

after - sucker removed

So I removed it, and also pruned out some other black wood. I chopped the sucker up into small lengths, and potted up in the greenhouse, and we will see if they root! (well it’s worth a try!)

sucker planted out in greenhouse

sucker planted out in greenhouse

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