Suckers at base of crab apple tree

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Suckers at base of crab apple tree

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:52 am

Has anyone any advice on the best way to remove suckers without killing the tree? Small Floribunda crab apple - about 15 years old.

When it first started sending them out I tore them off as far down as I could get as advised in all the books. It sent more out so I just chopped them off with the secateurs. There are now a lot more. Last year I painted them with herbicide when they sent leaves out which seemed to stop them a bit. I was thinking of dosing them with something stronger. Any suggestions? It is a nice umbrella shaped smallish tree that the birds like sitting in on their way to the bird table.
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Re: Suckers at base of crab apple tree

Postby tigerburnie » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:00 am

No expert, but surely anything stronger might damage/kill the main plant. Is this a grafted tree?
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Re: Suckers at base of crab apple tree

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:52 am

No it's on it's own roots, that's why I'm afraid I might kill it, but it looks a mess with all the suckers. I suppose I could try something stronger and replace it if it dies.
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Re: Suckers at base of crab apple tree

Postby tigerburnie » Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:46 pm

Anything chemical will go into the roots and kill the plant, I take it you would like a "standard" plant and it is not having any of it. I know there are more than one species of Malus, maybe have a search around and see if there's one that is less shrub and more tree.
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Re: Suckers at base of crab apple tree

Postby peter » Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:16 pm

Do hope you're not using the crab apples for culinary purposes. :?
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Re: Suckers at base of crab apple tree

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:22 pm

No Peter, purely ornamental.
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Re: Suckers at base of crab apple tree

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:25 pm

Sorry it's a rubbish photo but it was a bit dark. I think it shows the suckers I want to get rid of.
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Re: Suckers at base of crab apple tree

Postby Westi » Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:25 pm

I'd just keep cutting them off. Eventually you must weaken them & they will lessen in number. Nice looking tree & huge bird feeder! I get these around the trunk of my fruit trees under the graft & cut them low as possible, maybe need to do it twice a year. You do get a little jumble of knitted branches at the bottom left but I quite like the look & probably a good habitat for something.
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