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Is this a sucker? Can they grow above the graft line?

Usually we reserve the term "sucker" to shoots arising from below the graft, and "water shoots" for those arising above the graft. The difference is that suckers allow inferior root stock vegetation ...
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Is this a sucker on Red English rose

Hmm, tough one because it's coming from the midpoint of the graft. Suckers are easy to distinguish if they grow from below soil level, or quite obviously below the whole graft. I would leave it for ...
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Rose sucker? What to do?

Suckers often form after there has been some damage to the roots - did you recently repot this rose? In my experience, suckers from below the graft have never been worth the trouble to grow on. The ...
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Sucker branches - to trim or not to trim - that is the question? (photos attached)

The definition of a sucker is a shoot or branch growing from below the graft; the graft point may not be visible above the soil, as in roses for instance, so it's best to check by pushing soil away to ...
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How to deal with a blueberry bush putting off unusually large-leaved branches

Check carefully to ensure that these are arising from the crown below the soil. If they are, then leave them alone. However, those leaves look much thinner then my blueberry leaves and one is ...
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How to deal with a blueberry bush putting off unusually large-leaved branches

At a glance, you have weeds, not odd blueberry parts. Pull them.
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Why are some of my tomato plants suckering from flowering / fruiting branches?

They look quite healthy, which is important. Interesting that there is rather emphatic information about suckers, but that its sort of incomplete. Thats the way they grow, there isnt much that can be ...
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Fruit trees unproductive, shooting off lots of suckers/offsprings

You say that the trees are grafted, right? If so, then the trees coming up from below ground level are actually being produced by the rootstock and not the scion. This could be caused by competition ...
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Citrus tree only growing watersprouts

Wings and spikes are pretty characteristic of vigorous growth on citrus, whether basal sprouts or upper branches. Watersprouts are an indication that something is stopping the flow of sap into the ...
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Rose sucker? What to do?

It seems that it growth under the graft, so you have one of the basic roses. It seems the alpine rose, but the flowers are from the other rose, right? You should cut it. On roses, you can always cut a ...
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What to do with climbing rose suckers in Spring?

Nothing obvious so far that looks like suckers rather than just new stems,but to check, you need to push the soil aside to expose the graft or union to check the point of origin of the new growth. If ...
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Lime tree after drought developing suckers

The tree is alive and the suckers appear to be “true to form” for a Tahitian lime. While I cannot see / observe a graft, it appears at least one of the suckers is well above where a citrus tree is ...
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Suckers on dead ash tree

Yes and yes, but the borers will return for never having left. Your call. Darn the Emerald Ash Borer: Emerald ash borer feeds primarily on ash trees, including green, white, black, and blue ash. ...
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Can I End Bartlett Suckers with weed fabric

If you have "sucker problems" leading to "not having an acceptable lawn" you have inadequate non-lawn space around the pear tree. Rootstock suckers a a common maintenance issue ...
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Can I End Bartlett Suckers with weed fabric

Once I too, shared your enthusiasm for weed fabric, even going so far as to buy the superior grade material called geotextile which is a stronger woven version. In some sections of my garden I have ...
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What should I do next after removing three

Trees can look nice, take care of themselves, and help local ecosystems, so keeping them alive has big benefits. Many tree species will just die when you cut them down, but many other trees are very ...
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Is this a sucker on Red English rose

I don't think it's a sucker - it comes from within the graft knot, and the leaves seem similar to the rest of the plant. If it was a standard Rosa Indica rootstock the leaves would be substantially ...
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Is this a sucker on Red English rose

i guess, its a sucker, because the main flowering stems are different in appearance.
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Why are some of my tomato plants suckering from flowering / fruiting branches?

I know it does happen sometimes, but I don't know why. It probably has something to do with regulators, growing conditions, and genetics (but nothing you should really worry about, since it would be a ...
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Why are some of my tomato plants suckering from flowering / fruiting branches?

This is less common than sprouting in the axil (between the main stem and leaf stem), but it definitely happens. In my experience it seems to be genetic - a plant will either do it or it won't. Apart ...
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Regrowing a ficus from suckers

I'm not sure if the tree is completely dead. Get rid of the very dry branches and give it a chance, if you will end up removing it you might as well get rid of the suckers as a last attempt.
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Regrowing a ficus from suckers

Ficus are very flexible when it comes to sprouting from old wood. So you could: cut the trunk a few inches up from the growth thin out the sucker growth to three or four shoots or one leader If you ...
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How do I prevent suckers from coming up every few weeks on a developed tree?

You answered your question yourself. You cleared out the base of the tree. The tree has the evolutionary instinct to reproduce. Therefore, it is putting out suckers. Without covering up the base in ...
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