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Spider Mites in the Rose Garden

By RoseBlush1
July 24, 2013

If you live in a hot and dry climate, as I do in the mountains of northern California, now is the time to start protecting your roses from spider mite infestation.

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Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Jul 25, 2013 3:14 PM CST
Good info, thanks! You're not using any soap or anything when you wash them?
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Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Jul 25, 2013 4:07 PM CST
No. It's not necessary. The reason everyone suggests using soap is that soap is a "sticker" and supposedly keeps the spider mites from coming back. But if you are washing your roses regularly with just water, you don't need a sticker because you have broken the breeding cycle. You will never have a serious infestation.

Actually, if you are running short of time, you don't have to be very careful to wash under the leaves, because just wetting down the plant changes the moisture level within the plant. Spider mites like dry warm weather, not moist warm weather. Just make sure you find time to hit the under sides of the leaves next time you wash the roses.

Smiles,
Lyn
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
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sheryl
Jul 27, 2013 8:58 AM CST
Thank you so much! 'Cause you *know* we have it dry, lol...
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Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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RoseBlush1
Jul 27, 2013 1:48 PM CST
Yes, I know you have it dry. So do I. I think the roses are handling the triple digit temps better than I am Hilarious!

Managing spider mites with just water is soooo much easier with just washing down the roses using the hose and not bothering with mixing any solutions and using a sprayer and gets the job done in less time. If you are using a drip system, it is even more important to wash the plants down.

Once in a while, I'll find where I may have missed a spot and the mites have gotten started, but I just am more careful with that rose and the infestation is totally gone within a couple of days and has not spread to the whole plant.

Good luck with your roses.

Smiles,
Lyn
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
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sheryl
Jul 28, 2013 1:52 PM CST
Thank you, you too!!
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Science is not the answer, it is the question.


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