Hardiness Zone: 7b
Faith from Starkville, MS
There are several things you can do to prevent rose diseases. First of all, start with disease resistant plants. Give them full sun, well drained, nutrient-rich soil and maintain proper air circulation around the plants with proper pruning. Second, use soaker hoses or water your roses from the bottom to avoid getting the plant wet when you're watering it. Third, if you notice insects or damaged leaves remove them quickly to keep problems from spreading. Roses are highly susceptible to mold and fungal diseases, so keep the beds around plants free from fallen leaves and debris where fungi is likely to reside. Roses also appreciate the tannic acid in tea bags and benefit from the potassium from banana peels. To prepare them for winter, stop fertilizing them mid-summer and stop deadheading three to five weeks before the first expected frost in your area. Keep watering as usually throughout the fall.
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All I know is that using banana peels at base of
rose plants is good for the roses. My mom would
spray them with dishsoap and water mix to prevent
bugs and hers are huge and gorgeous.
You can go to KMart or other stores that sell garden stuff and buy rose food. Some of these products will tell you that it will protect the rose plant from bugs and diseases. You make a well around the plant and sprinkle the measured amt. around and cover and water. I use this type for my roses and have no trouble. The directions will tell you how often to do this.
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