Those Darn Pests...


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Hello, Fellow Gardeners,

To my dismay, something ate the leaves off of my two rose bushes. I found a worm of some sorts on a stem of one rose bush, but that all. I sprayed both bushes with neem oil, but now I'm wondering if I should just cut them back so they can start all over. I would appreciate your advice.
 

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It is usually more effective to correctly identify the pest first before spraying, as some products like neem may not be useful when applied to certain pests. Luckily, some caterpillars stay "on" for a while to eat leaves and then leave. But you have to be ready for them next year and start applying counter measures about a month before the problem happened this year. Try Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) on caterpillars but try to post pictures of them or take a sample to a local plant nursery. During the day, some pests hide on the bottom of leaves or other parts of the rose or even fall down and hide under rocks/plant debris.
 
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Thank you, Luis_pr. Do you think I should prune them back and let new growth begin?
 
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You don`t have to just plant things and leave them. Your roses have not been cared for. They have black spot, and they have not been weeded. It may be a good idea to either get a book on roses, or at least learn about their needs before planning any more.

Black spot is a fungal disease (Diplocarpon rosae) that affects roses. The fungus develops as black spots on the leaves, which eventually causes the leaves to turn yellow and drop off. Besides looking unsightly, it can seriously weaken the rose plant.
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