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May 25, 2020 2:27 PM CST
I've been struggling with aphids on my roses this year. I've been spraying them with soapy water to reduce the population, but when my red roses bloomed they were darker in color than normal, the bloom only lasts a day or two, and I've found a larger bug (see photo) on the flowers. Does anyone know what the bug is or if it is related to the aphid problem? All advice appreciated!
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May 25, 2020 3:28 PM CST
I agree I don't think it would have anything to do with the darker color of the bloom. Has it been very hot where you are? The hotter the air temp, the less time the bloom lasts. For me when it gets above 85 or so, the bud can burst open in the morning and be gone by the afternoon.
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