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Are these "sucker" roots on my apple tree?

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May 22, 2015
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North York, ON

Are these "sucker" roots on my apple tree?

We recently planted an apple tree (2yrs old, I think). I've been reading about sucker roots possibly growing from the scion, if you bury the graft when planting. I can't tell if this is what's happening to our tree or not. See the attached pictures, after I used the hose to clear away some soil around the base.
Do you think these are sucker roots... and if so, what should I do about them?

[IMG]http://s8.postimg.org/4t3dvpf6t/appletree.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://s8.postimg.org/p1qrhfehx/appletree_2.jpg[/IMG]

Sorry for the poor photos - I can try to clear away some more dirt and take more photos if it's not clear enough from these. I have to admit it's not clear to me, looking at these, exactly where the graft is.

Thanks.

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Aug 30, 2011
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The roots of most trees are in the top 6-24" of soil, and I wouldn't do anything to the roots, other than cover them with soil. I have not heard of sucker roots, but am familiar with suckers, which you don't want, especially from below the graft. If it were my tree, I'd just wait to see if you get any suckers -- which you can just snap or cut off. You will damage the health of the tree if you remove some of the roots you have shown.
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Maybe you didn't plant the tree deep enough originally. As suggested, cover those roots with soil.
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schmeel wrote: We recently planted an apple tree (2yrs old, I think). I've been reading about sucker roots possibly growing from the scion, if you bury the graft when planting. I can't tell if this is what's happening to our tree or not. See the attached pictures, after I used the hose to clear away some soil around the base.
Do you think these are sucker roots... and if so, what should I do about them?

[IMG]http://s8.postimg.org/4t3dvpf6t/appletree.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://s8.postimg.org/p1qrhfehx/appletree_2.jpg[/IMG]

Sorry for the poor photos - I can try to clear away some more dirt and take more photos if it's not clear enough from these. I have to admit it's not clear to me, looking at these, exactly where the graft is.

Thanks.

u shouldnt hose away the dirt, as the dirt protects the tree roots and keeps them moist. Therefore, cover them up with soil asap (the more the better) and wet the soil. Find below is a root sucker.

[IMG]http://www.nzdl.org/gsdl/collect/fnl2.2 ... r/p108.gif[/IMG]
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Apr 14, 2015
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Tsuu T'Ina, AB
If the tree grows roots from the scion, it is not a problem. If it grows a branch from the roots, that can be a problem. You don't want multiple trunks (usually), and they are usually growing from the rootstock, which will be a less desirable variety. As mentioned above, those growths would be removed, but never the roots.

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