How to combat Rose Diseases and Pests

How to combat Rose Diseases and Pests

A lovely rose garden is a major gardening goal, but it seems only the best gardeners can bring their roses to life. Some people have a green thumb and make gardening seem to natural, and others suffer just to get the grass the grow. It’s not an uncommon problem, but your inability to grow lush, beautiful roses bushes might have more to do with pests making your job difficult than your own skills dealing with this kind of plant.

If you’re struggling with your roses, it’s time to learn how pests affect your plant, how to get rid of them, and what you can do to increase the beauty of your flowers. In this follow up article, we set out to rid our rose gardens of these nuisances.

Understanding Rose Basics

There are numerous types of roses, and your gardening routine must include this knowledge. Certain roses grow better in certain climates, some roses are slightly different than others, and many issues that come with adding a rose bush or two in the garden are caused by climate issues in various seasons. If you suspect a pest might be the reason behind your roses’ inability to grow, you could be right. However, it might also be a problem with fungus.

Roses and Pests

Pests are just that. Every pest is essential to the world in some way, but each pest certainly makes it difficult to maintain a lovely garden. The biggest issue with pests and roses isn’t necessarily the presence of pests so much as the identification of the type of pests present. There are so many, and sometimes it’s difficult to determine what kind of bugs and insects are wreaking havoc on your garden.

– Aphids
– Rose slugs
– Caterpillars
– Two-spotted mites
– Thrips
– Beetles
– Scale insects
– Leaf cutting bees
– Nematodes
– Rose chafer

This is not a comprehensive list of the hundreds of pests that might bother your garden, but it’s a list of the most common insects and pests you might encounter as you deal with this problem. Each provides a very specific issue in the garden. Some pests eat the leaves of your plants. Some cause disease, some cause other issues, and some just kill your flowers.

Fungus and Roses

The long list of potential fungal problems roses encounter is detailed, though many are limited to specific regions, plants, and even locations.

– Black mold
– Black spot
– Cankers
– Mildew
– Ruse
– Leaf spot
– And more

It’s typically very easy to spot a potential problem with fungus on a rose bush. Many of them are very self-explanatory and obvious, and fungus usually affects more than one plant at a time in the garden. When you suspect you have fungal issues, pests, or other issues in the garden, you’ll want to learn to identify the most common causes, the causes, and potential remedies.

Treating Problems in the Rose Garden

Now that you’ve identified the potential pests or fungal disease your roses suffer from, it’s time to learn how to deal with them. The most common way to handle common solution is to call a pest control company and have them come spray. However, it’s not always easy to have pests eliminated from the outdoors. They can spray and help, but there are other ways you can help your garden grow lusher and more beautiful.

Fruit Barriers

Some gardeners with slug problems love the idea of setting out the rinds of their favorite fruit at night. Slugs get trapped in the rind and are easily disposed of in the morning. Grapefruit, watermelon, cantaloupe, and any other fruit with rind works well.


If you lay out small containers with just a hint of milk, you can catch some pests and trap them before they’re able to cause damage to your roses.

Create a Mixture

Avid gardeners are brimming with lovely ideas to remove other pests from the garden. Beetles respond well to a mixture of larkspur and water sprayed onto the rose bushes.


Beetles don’t like it, and sprinkling a bit of garlic around your roses bushes is highly effective at removing them from your life.

Red Pepper Powder

If you’re not sure what kind of pests are bothering your plants, this might work to rid numerous pests from causing damage. Merely sprinkle it around the bushes to repel numerous pests.


Aphids, spider-mites, and other small pests can be removed with a full blast of water. However, you’ll want to be careful to keep them off the roses bushes once they’ve been sprayed off. Water with yellow food coloring attracts aphids. Spider mites are easily handled with a mixture of water and buttermilk.   Additionally, water tends to incubate fungal issues.

Grow Herbs

Herbs naturally repel a lot of different pests, which is why many gardeners choose to grow basil near their roses bushes.

Over-the-Counter Pest Control Sprays

These work well in any garden. You can go to your local nursery to find numerous sprays you can use on your plants to get rid of bugs, pests, and fungus. Your roses will grow strong and lovely.


If the problem is a fungal problem, you’ll find chamomile tea is the answer. It’s an anti-bacterial that helps plants with fungal disease. Brew the tea, spray it on your roses a few times a week, and watch as they begin to thrive despite the severity of its previous fungal infection.


There are numerous ways to combat pests and fungus bothering your plants and roses. Also, remember there are professionals in business to help if nothing else works. The good news for most gardeners is do-it-yourself methods and store-bought methods tend to work well. If you’re having trouble growing roses, do a little research to find out what’s causing your biggest issues are.  Then get to work combating those issues yourself with simple techniques gardeners swear by in their own gardens.

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