Hi  Gardeners, I have rust spots on my roses, is there something I can use that will feed them & get rid of the spot?

Also does washing up water ( grey water) get rid of green/white flies?

I see so many rose feeders makes my head spin & i end up buying none. What is a good all round feeder for roses?

Roses are my fave plants, so this might be an ongoing thread. image

Thank you.



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,788

    I find the best thing to do with greenfly is to brush them off with my fingers (or even a soft brush if you're squeamish) - leaving a few for the bluetits and ladybirds.  I did this to mine a couple of times afew weeks ago and there are hardly any greenfly there and certainly no damage on the roses.

    As for feeding them, I mulch with well rotted farm yard manure in the autumn and top dress with Fish Blood and Bone in the spring, with maybe a little more no later than late July.

    As for the rust spots, is this black spot?  There's not a lot you can do about this other than ensure you rake up dropped leaves in the autumn and destroy them.  Some roses are more susceptible to blackspot than others.  It used to be less common, when the air was full of sulphur smog from coal fires.  It's the lovely clean air that we breathe nowadays that lets the blackspot spread.  Swings and roundabouts!

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • Molly1966Molly1966 Posts: 25

    Hi Dovefromabove, yes it's black spot. So it's nothing that will kill the roses?

    Thankyou for taking the time to reply. image

  • If you love roses and don't want to have rust and black spot spoiling your enjoyment I am afraid there is no substitute to spraying with a specific product for these. Feeding, mulching, clearing up and lots of water (roses are suprisingly thirsty even if they don't show it) are all good things to do but they are insufficient for these problems. I use Roseclear3, which you can find in all Garden centres. Also invest in a quality sprayer for using only with this product. If you have a lot of roses get yourself a 5L one.

    It is important to spray very early in the season, just as the first signs of leaf/bud is showing.  Spray above and below the leaf surface.This gets the rose off to a lovely clean start for the year. Also there are few insects around then. Then spray  at least a couple more times at say 6-8 week intervals, trying to pick times when insects are not around in large numbers. You will soon learn what spraying regime suits you. Your roses will soon tell you if you get it wrong.image

  • Molly1966Molly1966 Posts: 25

    Hi Wonderboy, I do favour roses. The black spot does spoil the foliage, especially bad on the old roses, I think they are very old, the old type of t-rose. I have brought about 6 this year, all doing well, well they are enjoying this rain, after yesterday being the hotest day of the year, I nearly lost my tomato plant. image

    How would one go about moving a rose bush?

    Thankyou for your advice.


  • Rose growers lift and post bare-rooted roses when they are dormant , usually around November. So that's probably the best time for we amateurs to move them, and you can lift a nice big rootball too. Take extra care of them for the first year with watering, mulch, feed , spray etc and you should be OKimage

  • Molly1966Molly1966 Posts: 25

    Thankyou Wonderboy, will try it later this year.

  • Mouse5Mouse5 Posts: 1

    My patio rose starts off looking very healthy and then the leaves drop off and the flowers are few and far between, what should I be doing?

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    Mouse, are you feeding and watering them?

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