Proper Care for Roses in Distress
Solutions For Rose Disease and Pests
If you are a rose gardener, then more than likely you check on them daily for signs of any distress or disease. The best homeowners and gardeners can often find the to be a challenge but one needs to take care of the problem before it gets out of hand. Biological controls are one way. You release a beneficial bacteria, the most popular being Bt, which will kill the larvae of moths and butterflies and even the larvae of Japanese beetles. You can also use some botanical insecticides. They are made from plants, and there are two, in particular, that deal with rose pests. Neem is a popular choice and will kill younger insects that feed off the foliage and will keep the most mature ones away. It is harmless to humans and works slowly. It is best for dealing with aphids and Japanese beetles. Pyrethrin is another one to consider. It is a broad spectrum variety, meaning it will kill bad and beneficial insects. Experts recommend using this one at night so you will not harm any bees in the area. It is harmless to a human of any of your other wildlife in the area. You can also spray a dormant oil during the winter that will deal with any disease that may be plotting and preparing for the spring months of the year. You can also use an insecticidal soap that will deal with pests like aphids and whiteflies. It will work quickly and break down rapidly and is not toxic. However, be careful about how strong it is because it can harm the foliage if you are not careful. If you have the black spot, you can use baking soda. It will help deal with mildew problems and should be applied weekly to plants. Put this on the plants in the early morning hours and make sure they are well watered before the application. Any of these methods will help resolve or protect your rose plants from getting worse if they have a pest or disease infection or simply protect them from getting one.