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Re: Root stock sprouts

I don't know of anyway to stop them. I have the same thing on roses and citrus trees.
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Re: Root stock sprouts

I am waiting for the rain to stop so I can cut off the root suckers from my Satsuma. No way to stop them other than pruning.
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Re: Root stock sprouts

We have found over the years that you get a better control over both water shoots and suckers if you can rip them from the tree by hand. There seems to be a slower return growth from this than by cutting.
Plays hell with your hand though!
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Re: Root stock sprouts

pruning in june, after the first flush of growth has happened, discourages regrowth much more than winter/dormant pruning...

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Is there a way to successfully divide and save a root stock sprout if it is growing on the root about a foot away from the main trunk?

I ask because I practiced grafting on some of those, and one of the Enterprise grafts survived and is taking off... At the foot of the Enterprise tree....
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Re: Root stock sprouts

The only way I know Star is if the root it is growing from is small enough to devide off itself.
Just as you would from a stool bed.
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Re: Root stock sprouts

Applestar - since you are taking a shoot from the root stock I suppose you could root it and use it as root stock for cuttings from the fruit bearing portion of your tree. You are cloning the root stock.

An interesting idea.
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Re: Root stock sprouts

Well, actually, what I did was graft a scion from Enterprise to one of the root suckers (water sprout?).

A couple of years ago, I was practicing a grafting technique and was inspired by a video for avocado grafting that said best time is when the root stock is in vigorous growth, and I looked over at the root sucker and thought -- "Hmm... THOSE things are REALLY vigorous...."
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