Howdy, maddie here,
Since I don't know spit about roses, I'm cutting and pasting this
question I got from my former sister in law who I keep in touch with
because despite that her brother, my ex-husband is still a bendejo',
she's rather neat and living in South Dakota......please advise me and
I'll pass on the advice toot sweet! Thanks!
I have a rose bush beside my front door…pale pink roses, tea rose, I
Anyway, for the last few years, it has had some kind of condition that
I haven’t been able to eradicate.
The buds form, and the roses bloom, and soon thereafter the hearts
begin to turn brown/tan. The foliage is okay
except where the grasshoppers have nipped the leaves. The rose hips
have now formed, but the crowns of them are
a dark brown, and there is what looks like tiny gobs of sh!t, bigger
than fly specks, smaller than a grain of rice. They
don’t appear to have life, but I can’t really tell. Like the grainy
poop of a tomato horn worm, only smaller…
The first season this happened, and I think the second, there were
what I thought was flea beetles in the hearts. This
year, I did not see the black bugs, but the hearts still basically
decomposed after bloom. I tried Sevin (sp?) the first
two years. This year, I just let them be. I imagine this should be
treated with some kind of systemic pesticide.
Should I try to move it? It has been in that spot for eight years or
so. It is near my composting bin, if that has any significance.
Any suggestions from the Master Gardener??
thanks for any real, good advice.
maddie gardening and helping out here in the green bowl, surrounded by
the Cherokee National Forest and the Appalachians now instead of the
Smokies in zone 7b, Sunset zone ?? 36??