Posted: 12/03/2014 at 12:37
There is a gnarly old cherry tree in my garden, which last summer struggled to produce cherries. It was a tangle of dead wood, which I have now cut out, but there are about 8-10 suckers growing out of the bottom that are up to 2m tall.
Is this why the top of the tree is failing to produce? I notice that it is the suckers that are in flower at the moment, whereas the actual tree only has buds on it.
Are the suckers the problem? And if so, can I do anything about them at this late stage? I have heard you need to yank and tear them out, as near to the trunk as possible? Is this true? Mine have such strong bases (like a rose bush) that I would struggle to do that.
What would anyone suggest? Or is this a problem not worth bothering about?