The Q&A Archives: Roses left as stems

Question: My bush roses have disappeared, leaving only the stems. All leaves have disappeared. Do rabbits eat rose leaves? How do I bring them back, there are green stems left.

Answer: While bunnies will eat rose leaves, they generally chomp the entire stem off. What you describe sounds more like evidence of deer feeding. They usually put the entire leaf in their mouth and skim off the foliage, leaving the stem on the plant. I'd prune off the damaged plant parts so your rose bush can produce healthy new stems and leaves. As for discouraging the critters feeding, you might try one of the deterrents available in garden centers (Deer Away works against both deer and rabbits). Hope this helps!

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