Roses forum: Sick rose bush - HELP !

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(Zone 7a)
Jun 18, 2016 9:38 PM CST
This bush is about 6 years old. It has needed minimum maintenance - basically benign neglect and annual pruning. It generally produces three sets of blooms June thru December.

The attached photo shows sickly leaves, which are on most, but not all of the bush. The latest growing twigs look good.
Can someone diagnose and suggest appropriate treatment ?

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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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Jun 18, 2016 10:17 PM CST


That looks like the damage caused by sawfly larvae, which resemble little green or yellow caterpillars and can sometimes be seen on the underside of the leaves. We used to use Sevin dust to kill them, but we're more enlightened now and avoid the use of chemicals in the garden. I'll leave it to someone else to tell you how to get rid of them. I don't bother. They have a very short season, after which the roses get nice new leaves. I don't think the sawfly larvae can cause any permanent damage.

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