Dear Plant Doctor: I rcail your
column cach week in the newspaper
but never sec any information on
roses. I need to find out how to rid
my plants of the fungus that puts
round brown s|*hs .on the leaves.
Also. I would Like to know what
kind of insect cats round holes in
just one side of the bud? I will be
looking forward to finding the an
swers in your next column.
Answer: Growing beautiful roses
in the southeast requires dedication
and attention to detail. I love roses
but hale the spraying and constant
care that many of the hybrid roses
require. Growing beautiful roses re
quires that you employ cultural
practices that include spraying for
disease, insect anil mite control. Our
heat humidity create :in ideal
climate and environment for these
The most common disease on
roses in North Carolina arc black
spot and powdery mildew. Black
spot is a fungus disease that pro
duces circular black spots with a
frayed margin on the upper leaf sur
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face. As spots enlarge or increase in
number, the infected leaves turn
yellow anil drop off the plant. If this
disease is not controlled, most of
the leaves will fall of the plant.
Plants become weakened, flower
production is greatly reduce and the
plant becomes susceptible to other
diseases and winter injury.
Black spot control requires that
you select varieties of roses that
have genetic resistance to the dis
ease and institute a regular fungi
cide spry program. Spray applica
tions must begin as the new growth
starts in die spring and continue at
seven to 10 day intervals throughout
the growing season. In your ease,
ilie disease has already infected
your roses. You should immediately
remove all infected leaves from the
plants and from die giound beneath
Powdery mildew is a fungus dis
ease that initially causes a white
mold on the leaves, stems or newly
developing shoots. Later stages of
the disease show up as irregular
brown or black blotches on the in
fected tissue. Powdery mildew
causes leaf distortion and results in
less leaf drop than black spot. The
disease is usually more severe in
shady areas and during cool weath
er. Remove and destroy diseased
plant parts as soon as you see an
fixed lent control of black spot
and powdery mildew can be ob
tained with the fungicides trilorine
(Funginex) and benomyl (Benalte).
Best control is achieved by alternat
ing the use of these two fungicides.
Remember that fungicides work by
protecting the plant tissue, so make
sure that the spray covers all plant
surfaces. Follow all directions aiul
precautions stated by the manufac
turer on the label.
The insect damage you describe
is probably the result of Japanese
beetles. Numerous insecticides are
approved for roses that will elimi
nate this pest, but the secret to con
trol requires that apply the insecti
cide as soon as damage is observed.
I believe that this summer will be
especially bad season for Japanese
beetles (due to our mild winter).
Control this year could be extraordi
North Carolina Cooperative
Extension has several excellent
publications on rose insect and dis
ease problems. Ask your local ex
tension agent about Rose Diseases
and Their Control in the Home
Garden (Plant Pathology Infor
mation Note 129) and Roses (Folder
KM). Don't forget to smell the roses
along the way.
Send your Hardening questions to
the Plant Doctor, P.O. Pox KM,
Bolivia. N.C. 2X422.
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