Roses forum: I messed up

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SE Missouri
Oct 28, 2018 11:23 PM CST
So my dad brought my his blackspot spray since we moved all their roses that need care to my house. He buys big bottles of everything and mixes in small bottles. Well, two bottles and one was black spot spray and one was roundup. Yes, they had been marked but were kinda faded. It's been a bad week and stressing to get things done I guess I grabbed the roundup bottle and yes, sprayed about 20 roses. Some of my best, prized, favorite roses. I ran out and went to make more and realized it was roundup. The wind was blowing so yes it dried fast. Most were in containers so I did take them and spray them off with water hoping to wash most of it off. Do you think I killed them all? I've been just sick since this happened.
SE Missouri
Oct 28, 2018 11:27 PM CST
Just a few of the ones I sprayed and I'm so sick.
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Oct 28, 2018 11:53 PM CST
Yikes! I'd say if you washed them up fairly quickly, they're probably going to be ok.. They must be close to losing their leaves and not taking up as much through the leaves as they would when they were actively growing.. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. Those are some pretty varieties and I hope they'll be ok.
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SE Missouri
Oct 29, 2018 12:07 AM CST
That's what I'm hoping will save them is winter approaching. I've already stopped pruning as not to encourage new growth. Hoping they'll go dormant before the worst affects and then wake up in spring all beautiful.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
Oct 29, 2018 12:30 AM CST
Crossing Fingers!
You might post on the rose forum.. I'm sure someone there must have had Roundup drift on their roses who could enlighten you. I'b only hit Iris by mistake in the past (they survived).
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Oct 29, 2018 1:08 AM CST
Roses are extremely sensitive to Roundup and once its dry, the damage is done. You may have killed them all and if they aren't dead, they may be permanently damaged. Sorry!
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Oct 29, 2018 5:55 AM CST
Call the RoundUp help center 800 number (or there's also a live chat):

I would ask them if hard pruning will be enough to stop the herbicide from translocating enough to kill the plants. That assumes that you only did this very close to when you posted because the longer the time elapsed the more likely the RoundUp is to have moved through the plants. If they don't think that will work then they may have another suggestion.
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SE Missouri
Oct 29, 2018 12:05 PM CST
I would guess I had it washed off most within 30 minutes
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
Oct 31, 2018 12:24 PM CST
I don't know enough to help you...but I'm very sorry this happened. D'Oh! Sad We've all done mistakes in a hurry...but yours is a doozy. Sad Looks like quite a few of your roses are minis? Those may find it the most difficult. Please keep us informed as to how it's going. Good luck! Crossing Fingers!
Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
Oct 31, 2018 6:18 PM CST
For future reference . . .
That's exactly why it is unwise to transfer garden chemicals out of their original (clearly-labeled) containers.

I'm so sorry this happened, and hope some at least live.

FWIW, I once killed a newly-planted (very expensive, of course) rose by giving it a full dose of granular fertilizer. Believe me, I've never forgotten that mistake.

Nov 2, 2018 4:20 AM CST
I'm sorry this happened, too,and hope that a few will survive. I must say I'm so glad I went "no-spray" in my own garden-such a relief! and I see no difference in the health of my roses, either. Btw, Round-up is a very dangerous poison (for people as well as roses), and has thankfully been banned here in Europe. I hope the same will happen in the USA ...

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