The Q&A Archives: roses losing leaves

Question: My roses lose all their leaves. This happens with my Alachua climbers and with my bush roses, too. The leaves look nice and green, but if I touch the bush, the leaves just fall right off. What is wrong?

Answer: Root stress can cause leaf drop - over or under watering or underground rodents munching on the roots. Winds can dessicate the leaves and cause them to fall. The disease Black Spot can also cause the leaves to fall. Finally, some insect/disease sprays can be phytotoxic to rose leaves and cause them to fall off. Hope you discover the cause.

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