The Q&A Archives: Stripped Roses

Question: Something is eating my roses! I planted 3 lovely roses this past March and they are completetly stripped. I have tried to see what could be dining on my plants but have been unsuccessful. I've sprayed the plants for bugs but doesn't seem to affect whatever is eating them. There does seem to be a lot of June bugs in the area ,could it be them? We live in the Dallas,Texas area. Thank you

Answer: If you don't see bugs, look closely for little green worms. They can completely strip a rose bush of foliage in a very short time. If you still cannot find the culprits I would suspect deer have been feasting on the foliage, especially if the stems remain but the green parts of the leaves are missing. There's really no control to suggest until you identify the culprits! Wish I had solutions to offer.

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