Hello - as you can tell I'm a newbie gardener although been happily pottering about in our town garden for last few years. Looking through advice on GW for this week which says to remove the suckers from roses, trees etc. What does that mean? I have lots of roses but (stupid of me I know) I don't know what suckers are.
Hi Happydigger, suckers are stems that grow from rootstocks of grafted roses and trees. They usually arise from just below the soil surface. The stems usually look a bit different, leaf arrangement, colour, thorns etc. Best way to remove them is to pull them away from the stem rather than cutting as cutting can leave dormant buds behind that shoot once you've cut the stem. You might need to scrape away a bit of soil to find where the sucker is growing from.
Thank you! I've just been back out in the garden with my torch to see if I could find them, nowww I get it. Thanks so much for your help - gives me an excuse to keep pottering out in the garden tomorrow evening