What are pacifiers on trees

There are a number of trees that have a great tendency to take off shoots , which they do is consume a lot of energy from the plant. In fact, precisely from this characteristic comes the name of suckers.

All of us who have a tree plant will have to remove them as soon as they appear , not only to have a healthier and more beautiful plant, but also to avoid having a forest made up of only one species.


  • 1 What is a pacifier?
  • 2 How should it be removed?

What is a pacifier?

In botany, a sucker is a stem that sprouts from the main branches, trunk or roots of trees . In the wild, they are very useful for these plants, since with them they manage to occupy more space and, thereby, increase the chances of propagating their species. However, they have a major drawback and that is that they consume a lot of energy, so it is not surprising that the life expectancy of these plants is shortened.

For this reason, in agriculture , selective pruning is carried out to eliminate them , since what is intended is to have a healthy tree, with a life as long as possible and that produces quality fruits.

How should it be removed?

Suckers can be removed as soon as they appear, being especially recommended in early spring or autumn. To do this, we can remove them using scissors if they are green shoots or with a serrated knife if they have begun to lignify (produce wood). Of course, regardless of the tool we use, it has to be disinfected with pharmacy alcohol before and after use. In this way, we will not expose the plant to possible infections that could weaken its health.

Centennial olive tree in Mallorca

A tree is a magnificent plant that can give us good shade, the possibility of enjoying the beauty of its flowers and/or a large number of fruits. Let’s help him live longer by removing the pacifiers.

What are pacifiers on trees

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