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Shrub Roses in Distress

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by Kywoman on June 20, 2004 03:56 PM
I have 3 huge Scarlet Meidiland Roses(canes are about 8 ft. long) that are looking just pathetic. There is some black spot, but I am afraid that something else is going on as well. In the past these long canes had a beautiful cascade effect, but now they look awful. All of the flowers have fallen off. I sprayed with a combination fungicide and insecticide. I am tempted to cut back drastically and see if they will revive. If I cut back, how far should I go? Any help would be much appreciated. These roses are 10 years old, very disease resistant, and have been a highlight of our neighborhood.
by weezie13 on June 22, 2004 03:47 AM

Can you answer a few questions for us???

What's the weather been like where you are??
Too much water, not enough?
What's the area around the plant/bush it's self?
What's underneath the plant/bush? ie; mulch? None?
What do you do for fertilizer? If any??
And what time of day do you use it?


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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

by Kywoman on June 22, 2004 10:01 PM
Hi, Weezie. We have had intermittent periods of heavy rain, but none that were long lasting. The only thing I have ever done to these roses is to cut back the dead wood in the spring and fertilize with a rose fertilizer in early spring. They do have mulch under them. I started trying to cut off all of the diseased parts yesterday and noticed something else. On the underside of a lot of normal looking leaves were tiny red dots. The tops of these leaves were glossy green. Could this be red spider mites? I am going to take a picture and try to post it. Thanks for your help.

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