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Discussion id : 26-849
most recent 28 MAY 08 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 28 MAY 08 by Ellen
I moved to this home (Lancaster PA)5 years ago. There are 3 beautiful roses bushes in the side garden. The first several years ( I was here)they had strong beautiful flowers on strong stems. Now the flowers are still beautiful, but the stems are too weak, and the flowers fall over. I know the previous owner put manure on his beds and took very good care of the plants. Do i need to keep up that level of care?
Discussion id : 26-592
most recent 22 MAY 08 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 20 MAY 08 by Sarah
One of the buds on my Golden Masterpiece opened this weekend; as it was opening, I happened to look into the half-open flower and noticed a veritable swarm of very small light brown bugs. They were perhaps one or two millimeters long - the barest fraction of an inch. I sprayed into the flower as best I could, watched the bugs I could see stop moving, and left the flower to finish opening. The next day, the rose was fully open and crispy already, though the edges had NOT turned brown. I went ahead and cut it off and threw it out.

As I'm a novice gardener and rose owner here, I'm not 100% certain I've diagnosed the problem - or rather, the bugs. Were those thrips, or something else?
Reply #1 of 2 posted 21 MAY 08 by Cass
Hi, Sarah, they might have been thrips. One easy way to tell is to wait for a bloom to open. Shake it over a piece of white paper. Thrips will appear tan and moving.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 22 MAY 08 by Sarah
Hi Cass,

Well, apparently I nuked the little buggers very well indeed. :) Two more blooms have opened on Golden Masterpiece since I cut off the infested one, with no sign of a similar infestation. I'm watching the Fragrant Cloud next to it carefully, especially since one of the buds has come up a bit deformed, but so far, so good.

Discussion id : 25-510
most recent 17 APR 08 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 16 APR 08 by artis carrillo
Why is my white rose bush becoming a deep pink rose bush. Help! This has happened before.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 17 APR 08 by Cass
What is the name of your white rose? The rootstock that your rose is budded to is probably suckering. You must remove the suckers by tearing them away. If you don't remove them, the rootstock will probably overtake the white rose.
Discussion id : 22-628
most recent 15 NOV 07 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 15 NOV 07 by mike
why does my rose bush tublars not support blooms?????
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