Oh, phooey, It’s Dr. Huey!

My beautiful Climbing Peace rose is dead. Sprouts from the rootstock have emerged, the dreaded Dr. Huey.

Climbing Peace. 2010

Climbing Peace, 2010

Dr. Huey is popping up everywhere. Both Gene Boerner rose bushes have a new sprout in the center with a bright red bud. Dr. Huey! I read that just nipping off Dr. Huey suckers is not enough, they must be broken off at the root.  One of the Boerner floribundas is vigorous enough to stave off the Doctor, I’m not sure about the other. They’re ill placed now. The Lorpetalums that I planted 5 feet away almost swallowed them, requiring constant limbing up to keep ahead.