Fairy Rose Plant - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by bauermsd
July 1, 2010
I have a Fairy Rose which I moved (2 years now). It is a healthy plant that always is covered in buds but they never fully open. I thought moving it would solve this problem. It is in a sunny location, but the same thing; nice healthy looking plant covered in buds but they will not fully open. Do I need to cut the plant all the way back and hope that would help? What can I do to help this plant?

Answer from NGA
July 1, 2010
It sounds like rose midges are damaging the rose buds. The adult midge lays its eggs inside the sepals of new flower and leaf buds. The tiny maggot that hatches feeds in these areas causing blackened tissue, tip abortion, and distorted flower buds. The flowers are completely destroyed. Any rose insecticide spray that is a systemic type will solve your problem. The reason for the systemic type is because this gets into the sap of the rose so when the very tiny midges bite into the rose they are poisoned. There really is no other way to get rid of them because they are so very tiny. Hope this helps.

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