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I'm so worried about my roses

BerkleyBerkley Posts: 428


I have five climbing roses; two are in pots and three in the ground. They are in different parts of the garden. i was horrified when I looked at them today - obviously I have seen black spot before, but never this pink colouring .... they were fine last week. The only thing they have in common is that I applied my usual granular rose feed (well washed-in) and fungicide ..... the leaves seem very limp, so I have given them all a good soak. Please tell me they'll be OK ...

sorry photo is sideways ...


  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532

    Hi Berkeley, it looks like leaf scourch to me, it could be the fungicide that you put on. Did you apply it when the sun was shining, that could be it. It has only damaged the leaves, the plant will be ok.image

    That's if you sprayed it on.

    Last edited: 19 March 2017 14:04:09

  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,851

    Just cut those leaves off, it won't hurt the plant and it will soon grow fresh ones.  Nothing to worry about.

    Try and grow your roses without spraying.   It's not always necessary, I never do it, and one learns to put up with a bit of black spot or other issues...  if the foliage looks bad, just remove the affected leaves.... 

    East Anglia, England
  • BerkleyBerkley Posts: 428

    Thank you both! I feel much better now. 

  • I totally agree with you Marlorena.  I have to squish a few green fly, pick off a few leaves affected by black spot too, but still the roses bloom and come back as big and strong the following year.  I also spread well rotted manure on the base once or twice a year. I never spray with any chemicals, as I know that the ladybirds and other insects and the birds will munch the rose aphids at various times of the year.

  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,851

    I'm pleased to hear that, GD..

    East Anglia, England
  • BerkleyBerkley Posts: 428

    I've learnt a lot from this thread. Thank you..... I realise that I tend to spray to prevent problems (which may never arise and could be easily dealt with if and when they do). 

  • Nature sorts out a lot of gardeners problems Berkley without the use of any artificial aides - we just have to let it work effectively in it's own time.  I find that a heavy downpour of rain, or a windy day will get rid of most of the aphids, or I squish them or try to encourage the birds to pick them off.

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