The Q&A Archives: Controlling Pests on Bare Root Roses

Question: I just planted some bare root roses. At what point will I have to start spraying for pests and diseases? Jamie McIntosh Prairie Village, KS

Answer: Hopefully, you planted a variety of roses that is less susceptible to rose diseases and insects. In any case, you need to watch the foliage and flowers for signs of problems. The first ones may be black spot and other diseases on the leaves. There are rose fungicides at local garden centers to control this problem. There are many other problems that can arise, but by keeping the roses watered and fertilized, you can avoid some. Be a diligent gardener and stop the problems before they get out of hand by visiting your roses often during the growing season.

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