A quick tutorial on how to remove sucker growth from roses. Suckers are the root stock growing from budded. Did you ever wonder why your pink, yellow, or white rose turned red? Why Do Roses Produce Suckers? Many roses are grafted onto the rootstock of a hardier rose. Suckers are canes that emerge from below the bud union, where the rose bush was grafted onto the root stock. Tools of my trade Mary Rose "not a gardener yet", she says wants to buy a gift for her mother who has just got to the top of an allotment queue and is busy choosing a shed and planning raised beds. Rose Types 12 Mar Rosa multiflora is an understock better suited to areas of higher rainfall, especially to Sydney and coastal NSW. I'm afraid there isn't anything with which you can treat the suckers that will not also harm the parent plant. Occasionally the understock will produce a cane from beneath the bud union that pops up out of the ground and grows like mad. You should be ready to harvest your first batch in February. Christmas Best gardening gifts for Christmas, from hedgelaying courses to personalised garden trugs. Videos — Join our editors on their behind-the-scenes journeys. A good understock will grow in a variety of soil types and offer more vigour than roses grown from cuttings. Many roses are budded onto an understock or rootstock. Saturday 02 September How Horatio's Garden would have been my lifeline to the outdoors. Lenders have long turned away people whose gardens are home to Japanese knotweed.