Roses forum→Question on two roses and another sillier question

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Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
May 14, 2019 9:04 AM CST
I will ask the somewhat silly question first. I know we are to clean up leaves, etc., around our roses so we can try to prevent fungal disease. What about the petals that fall? There are lots of them in my garden but trying to remove them also removes some of the mulch. Do they also carry fungal diseases?

OK, two rose questions
Ma Perkins--I have been interested in this rose for about a year. I know someone here grows it. How is it for you? ARE is out of stock on it at the moment and seems to be about the only place that carries it.

Little Butterfly---I just love the look of this rose. Does anyone here grow it? If so, how is it doing? Kind of a stupid question as I have yet to have a Kim Rupert rose that I grew from seed, be a bad rose. I am concerned that with its light color the Hoplia beetles would have a field day with this one.
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May 14, 2019 11:12 AM CST
Regarding the beetles, l've had success with nematodes. The last two years I've really noticed the reduced numbers of beetles.Last year only had a dozen or so.
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Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
May 14, 2019 5:25 PM CST
Thanks Tisha. I thought of trying this for next year but did not see that it would get rid of Hoplia beetles specifically. Can you tell me which brand you used?
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May 14, 2019 6:37 PM CST
In answer to your question about fallen petals and disease, I don't clean up "all" the petals that drop. I'd be doing it 24/7 otherwise.
I only clean up big piles of them that fall onto whatever I have planted in and amongst the roses. To my knowledge, fallen petals don't spread diseases. They dry up much faster than leaves do anyway.
This may sound over the top crazy, but when people are coming to see my garden and there are petals everywhere, I use my shop vac to suck them up and make the beds look nicer.
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
May 14, 2019 6:48 PM CST
Thanks Mike! I don't own a shop vac but was looking at one yesterday. I would be afraid it would swallow up my mulch as well. It would be nice to have one to help clean up the garage AKA the Black Widow Motel. I keep sweeping them up but they magically reappear somehow. I figure the sweeping is good exercise.

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