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Roses: remove wild shoots properly

When removing the wild shoots, proceed as follows: First dig the root neck of the rose free so that the attachment point of the wild shoots can be easily reached with the scissors. Then place the secateurs so close to the root neck that the ring-shaped bulge at the base of the shoot - the so-called astring - is also removed. This is because it contains tissue that can divide and can produce new shoots after just a few years.

Rose professionals do not cut off the wild shoots, but simply tear them out. This admittedly somewhat brutal method has the advantage that the astring is completely removed. To avoid major damage to the bark, first cut horizontally into the bark below the game shoot with a sharp knife and then tear off the shoot with a strong jerk downwards.

By the way: Wild shoots are not only found in roses, but in almost all grafted plants. They are particularly easy to identify with the corkscrew hazelnut, because the wild stick rashes, like the wild species, are not twisted like a corkscrew but straight as a dead line. When it comes to roses, you have to take a closer look: A close comparison of the leaves and bark is usually sufficient to identify a wild shoot. If you are not sure, just wait for it to bloom: wild roses always have white to pink, single flowers, while most grafted roses have double flowers.