What are basal shoots?

Basal shoots are new growth emerging from the union bud of the rose bush. They are very susceptible to getting broken in winds, so it is best to stake the rose bush until they harden and became strong canes. These basal shoots are the new life for the rose bush so taking care of them is a must. Basal shoots are not to be confused with root stock which grows from below the union bud and has a different type of foliage and is spindly in growth. Do not remove by just cutting off with secateurs as it will only keep growing. The most effective way is to scrape away the soil and grab hold of the root stock and pull it off.

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