Roses forum: Roses secrete sweet substance from leaves

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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
May 24, 2016 1:21 PM CST
I had a magnifying glass and noticed aphids on my rose bush. I noticed the aphids mouths near tiny reddish dots lining the edges of the leaves, these dots have sticky secretions. So I'm wondering if rose plants provide a sugary treat from the leaves?
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
May 24, 2016 1:57 PM CST
I think the secretions come from the aphids after they dine on the roses.
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
May 24, 2016 2:00 PM CST
porkpal said:I think the secretions come from the aphids after they dine on the roses.


No these dots had liquid coming out. It's near microscopic you can't see it without something to magnify.
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
May 24, 2016 3:34 PM CST
Keith ... it's from the aphids. People in the rose world call it aphid honey dew. Ants will actually farm the aphids on roses so that they can get the honey dew. It's a symbiotic relationship that most gardeners hate.
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
May 24, 2016 5:29 PM CST
RoseBlush1 said:Keith ... it's from the aphids. People in the rose world call it aphid honey dew. Ants will actually farm the aphids on roses so that they can get the honey dew. It's a symbiotic relationship that most gardeners hate.


I have to post photos, I know aphids create honeydew, the aphids were eating the drops the Rose was secreting.
Name: Lyn
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RoseBlush1
May 24, 2016 5:49 PM CST
Sounds interesting.
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
May 24, 2016 5:50 PM CST
Well, the aphids do feed on juices sucked out of plants... by all means post pictures if you can.
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Name: Lyn
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RoseBlush1
May 24, 2016 5:57 PM CST
PP ... Duh ... Why didn't I think of that ??? Rolling my eyes.
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: United States of America Winter Sowing Plays in the sandbox Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers Tomato Heads
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keithp2012
May 24, 2016 10:52 PM CST
Look at the tiny red dots, those are what i'm talking about. Thats aphids in the photo, they are tiny, so imagine how tiny these red dots are in person, almost microscopic!
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Name: Lyn
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RoseBlush1
May 24, 2016 11:19 PM CST
Keith, for some reason the photo did not expand, but I do believe you.

I just never looked that closely. Thanks for sharing ... I tip my hat to you.
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.

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