What's wrong with my roses?

HumbleBeeHumbleBee Posts: 68
Hi All 
The leaves on my carpet roses are not looking too good - sort of oddly stunted/twisted/deformed. I can't see any aphids or bugs on them, they look healthy otherwise, it's just the flowering tips that are affected. Does anyone know what might be causing this and also how to deal with it? 
Thank you :s 


  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 302
    Whatever the cause is you won't reverse the damage so just cut it down to a healthy leaf. Might be short of nutrients so may be a feed of a specific rose fertiliser when the pack tells you or a combination foiliar feed. There is rose die back which is caused by a number of things.
  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,673
    This is very similar to all my climbers. I have researched, taken advice and come to the conclusion it is over feeding coupled with low night time temperatures     I threw horse manure down mid April. I have never done that before and didn’t know it shouldn’t touch the stems. I have washed it all off, given them water (it’s been very dry up here) and decided to ignore them, we shall just see what happens two have thrown new shoots.  I
    have planted lots of clematis,
    dont despair, adopt a wait and see management plan!
    please post what happens 🤞
    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • DimWitDimWit Posts: 553
    Thrips on roses are common when the temperature rises (don't think I have them, hoorah!):

    http: https://mrec.ifas.ufl.edu/lso/thripslinks.htm

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 49,685
    I think that's a bit of aphid damage ... the aphids are gone (bluetits/ladybirds or whatever) but they've left a bit of damage. 

    You can cut those shoots back a bit if you want to, but those look like healthy rose bushes and I'm convinced they'll grow through the damage and very soon you won't notice.
    If winter comes, can spring be far behind? 

  • HumbleBeeHumbleBee Posts: 68
    Many thanks for the feedback all - I'm going to cut them back a bit and give them a feed (which they haven't had for a long time so I don't think it's due to overfeeding). They do look healthy further down so fingers crossed the aphids/thrips or whatever caused it have moved on (or been eaten by bluetits/ladybirds which is what I like to imagine happened! :) I'll post again if/when they flower (hopefully...!) 
    Thanks again 
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