Sucker Punch Ready To Use is a plant growth regulator specially designed for use on ornamental trees and other woody plants. To work effectively, you need to prune the tree or plant properly. Afterwards, let the sprouts regrow, then apply Sucker Punch Ready To Use when the sprouts are 10 inches long or less. Sucker Punch is a water based paraffin wax emulsion PGR (plant growth regulator) sprout inhibitor. It stops sprouting suckers from pruning cuts and roots of ornamental trees and other types of woody plants. One treatment lasts for 6 months.
Sucker Punch Ready To Use has recently transitioned to new packaging. The new packaging comes with a brush applicator for direct application to pruned areas on labeled plants.
The maximum single application for ornamental woody plants is 3 fl. oz. of product per 1,000 sq. ft. The maximum annual application for ornamental woody plants is 9 fl. oz. of product per 1,000 sq. ft. The minimum retreatment interval is 5 days.
CONTROLS REGROWTH OF TREE SPROUTS FOLLOWING PROPER PRUNING
This prevents and inhibits vegetative growth in woody plants. After proper pruning, allow new sprouts to regrow and apply this when sprouts are no more than 10 inches tall. It is effective on many ornamental, flowering and shade trees such as:
American Elm, Carob, Chinese Elm, Coast Redwood, Crabapples, Crepe Myrtle, Flowering Plum, Pyracantha, Red Maple, River Birch, Silver Maple, Sugar Maple, Sycamore, Water Oak, Wax Myrtle, Willow spp (Black Marsh)
For most effective control of resprouts, prune to a lateral branch (drop crotch pruning) and apply this after resprout growth has begun. Do not leave stubs and avoid severe trimming. Treatment of all cuts is important.
FOR USE ON APPLES AND PEARS
Do not apply this to trees less than one year old as injury and stand loss will occur. Do not treat any tree that is not vigorous, healthy, and free from stress. The maximum single application for apples and pears is 3 fl. oz. of product per 1,000 sq. ft. The maximum annual application for apples and pears is 9 fl. oz. of product per 1,000 sq. ft. The minimum retreatment interval is 5 days.
Apple and pear trees, healthy, vigorous and free from stress may be treated after planting when the trees show established growth. Remove sprouts and follow the application procedures described below. Do not apply to non-established or stressed trees as injury and stand loss will result.
ESTABLISHED PLANTINGS - SCAFFOLD LIMBS
Prune existing sprouts and treat during the dormant season. Thoroughly cover area where existing sprouts were removed but restrict treatment to the cut surfaces and 2 to 3 inches of the surrounding area. Avoid fine spray particles from drifting or splashing on surrounding fruiting wood or buds. Do not treat scaffold limbs after bud activity starts in the Spring. There has been some fruit size reduction on Golden Delicious and Anjou pears from excessive treatments to scaffold limbs on older, weaker trees. To minimize the chance of injury, limit treated areas to 10 percent of the total bark area of the tree. Do not treat weak trees and do not repeat applications on the same tree for at least one year.
TRUNK AND BASAL SPROUTS AND ROOT SUCKERS
Prune existing sprouts and apply this during the dormant season prior to green tip stage or during the Summer pruning season when the new shoots are 6 to 12 inches in height. The later applications have been the most effective. On bearing trees do not treat suckers during bud swell, bloom or fruit set. This period is from the start of growth to 4 weeks after petal fall. Application during this time can result in excessive thinning. Avoid spray drift of fine spray particles.
PRUNING CUTS ON LARGE LATERAL OR UPRIGHT LIMBS
To control sprouts in the vicinity of pruning cuts, treat several inches of bark around the cut. Do not allow the mixture to splash or drip onto other parts of the tree. Treat only in the dormant season prior to bud activity. Do not apply as a spray due to the possibility of spray contacting fruit buds.
The maximum single application for olives is 9 fl. oz. of product per 1,000 sq. ft. The maximum annual application for olives is 9 fl. oz. of product per 1,000 sq. ft. The minimum retreatment interval is 5 days.
TRUNK BASAL SPROUTS AND ROOT SUCKERS
(Do not treat scaffold branches or pruning cuts on olive trees.) Prune off existing sprouts or suckers and allow new sprout to regrow. Treat with this product when sprouts are not more than 10 inches tall. This will control new sprout growth of olives but will not control old woody sprouts. Do not treat during olive bloom or fruit set. Limit treated areas to 10% of the plants total bark surface.
NON BEARING CITRUS
Use as supplied (undiluted) and follow the procedures described below for treating sprouts on scaffold limbs, trunks and rootstocks.
SPROUTING FROM SCAFFOLD LIMBS
Remove unwanted sprouts and thoroughly coat surfaces and surrounding bark. Remove trunk suckers and water sprouts and apply this product to the entire trunk from ground line to scaffold limbs.
Nonbearing citrus rootstock which is healthy, vigorous and free from stress may be treated. After planting apply this from the ground line to the first scaffold branches. Do not allow to puddle at the base of the tree as injury and stand loss may occur. Do not apply to rootstock if the bud union has not callused. In temperate zones where freezing may injure scaffold branches, restrict treatment to the frost free period to allow for a short period of growth between treatment and damaging freeze.
I have a maintenance job with a Trumpet vine which sends up dozens of suckers every week. This chemical seems to be my only hope of keeping up. However I have a problem with the spray bottle. It only sprays in a needle like stream which doesn't work for a foot long vine. 90% of this expensive product misses the target. My method is to spray my Nitril gloved hand and wipe it on the sucker. A more dispersed spray would work better. I was glad to see it was a 16oz. bottle and not 8oz. as described.
Will Sucker Punch work on Gamble Oak suckers that are 18" tall?
This spring the suckers came up all around the oak and the suckers are now 18" tall. I bought the spray applicator of Sucker Punch. How much do I spray? Do I trip the leaves & spray the stalks or leave the leaves & spray them?
According to the label for Sucker Punch Ready To Use, this product should only be used on suckers that are no more than 10 inches. You will need to prune them off first and allow them to grow back but not more than 10 inches. The maximum single application for ornamental woody plants is 3 fl. oz. of product per 1,000 sq. ft. The maximum annual application for ornamental woody plants is 9 fl. oz. of product per 1,000 sq. ft.
Will Sucker Punch kill other plants under my oak tree?
I have a boulevard live oak that has always had suckers. We planted native bromeliads near the trunk, and that section has few suckers as the bromeliads grew dense. farther out we have new, young bromeliads and the suckers are taking over through the mulch. Will spraying the oak shoots/suckers also kill our bromeliads?
Sucker Punch Ready to Use should be used as a very directed spray application to the cuts or sprouts that are coming up that are unwanted around the trunk areas. Overspray of the Sucker Punch can harm buds and foliage of flowers and neighboring plants if drift or overspray occurs. If the suckers are coming up throughout the bromeliad areas, we would suggest a very careful spray to the shoots or to pour a small amount of the solution into a bucket used for chemicals and use a paint brush to directly apply the product to the shoots.
Can Sucker Punch Ready to Use be used on fruit trees?
We have numerous citrus trees that have suckers coming from below the graft. Can this be used to stop those suckers? Or is there something else that can be used?
From checking the product label it looks as though the Sucker Punch RTU can be applied to non bearing citrus sprouts to help get control over the new growth.
Per the product label: This product prevents and inhibits vegetative growth in woody plants. After proper pruning, allow new sprouts to regrow and apply this product when sprouts are no more than 10 inches tall.
I have many Aspen suckers coming up in my lawn . If I spray sucker punch on them will it hurt my grass?
Sucker Punch is designed to be applied to woody plants, apples, olives , pears and non bearing citrus only. It is not labeled to be applied to turf grass. Hi Yield 2,4 D Amine would be a better option.