yellow leaves on knockouts - Knowledgebase Question

indianapolis, In
Question by marimiddd
July 2, 2009
Eight of my fifteen or so knockout roses were attacked by tiny worms in late spring.
I used sevin to get rid of them after they had been practically decimated by the worms..
Since then, their leaves are falling after turning yellow and they look sparse.please help me..the roses in the front are doinf ok, but they weren't attacked as badly.
I have fertilized to no avail.HELP!!

Answer from NGA
July 2, 2009


Caterpillars such as rose budworms sometimes attack rose bushes. Chewed leaves and/or buds, and telltale webs or nests among the foliage indicate the presence of a caterpillar of some kind. Pick off the caterpillars and destroy the infested buds, leaves, and nests. Spray the rose bush foliage weekly with a product containing Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) while the caterpillars are feeding. They will ingest the bacterium, sicken, stop eating and die in a matter of days. Repeat the Bt sprays after rains and until the caterpillars disappear.

If you haven't already, prune the affected rose bushes back to encourage healthy new growth and remove any insect eggs that might be lurking there. Yellowing leaves can indicate overly wet soils so be careful with your watering. One deep soaking per week is about all your Knock Out roses will need.

Good luck with your plants!

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