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Suckering shrubs such as Aronia, bay, Sarcococca and species roses can send up new shoots or suckers from their roots. Removing and growing on these shoots with roots at their base is an easy and low-cost way to produce new plants.
Propagating using suckers is a useful way of increasing stock of some shrubs and trees. Image: RHS
This propagation method is suitable for any non-grafted plants that send up new shoots or suckers from their roots.
Grafted plants are not suitable for this method of propagation, as suckers from grafted plants will be of the rootstock not the named cultivar. Suckers from the rootstock do not resemble the cultivar. They can occasionally be useful as rootstocks for grafting and budding.
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Spring is the best time to propagate using suckers, as this is when plants are coming into active growth and the severed suckers will establish themselves quickly.
Establishment is usually the main problem. Very careful watering is needed for the first season as the roots of the suckers are not well developed.
Trees and shrubs: establishment problems
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