Posted: 11/08/2016 at 13:34
It's a myth that suckers have seven leaves - lots of roses have seven leaves - depending on their ancestry.
Also lots of the modern David Austin-type bush roses send up long straight shoots from below ground. Some people mistake these for suckers and remove them which spoils the plant.
However, if you have a standard rose with new shoots from below the graft these need removing as Treehugger has described. Although, if it is a standard the graft is likely to be towards the top of the stem.
Last edited: 11 August 2016 13:38:19