Roses need daily care: No misses allowed

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In fall, light comes at a low angle. Shadows can confuse our garden work, such as noticing and removing diseased rose leaves. Look twice, and stay the course! Roses need daily care, right to the end of the season. 

Some problems have no solution. All we can do is to share the pain and ease it a bit with laughter. For instance, whyizzit that:

Roses are so vicious, even to we who wait on them hand and foot!

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So many insects and fungi aim to make a meal of roses that the best way to grow this queen of flowers is to visit the shrub daily, look it over, squish the 6 legged rose eaters and pluck any infected leaves.

Below: To keep ahead of rose black spot, don't let any of these black-spot-infected leaves remain in the garden. That way the total spore count in the area will be less.


Flowers are weak creatures. They are naive. They reassure themselves as best they can. They believe that their thorns are terrible weapons.

- The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint Exupery -

The rose lives up to its beliefs.

- Janet -

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Above: In the year after you plucked faithfully, daily, the rose will thank you with more foliage and flowers. Both this 'Red Cascade' mini-rose (left) and the Carefree shrubs roses (right) are resistant to black spot, but that doesn't mean they are immune. Even resistant rose varieties like these are prettier and more floriferous after infected leaves have been taken away.

(Questions about pruning these roses? Click here for an illustrated article.)

Below: To keep a rose healthy, take off not only leaves already fading to yellow but any that show signs of infection, even mild symptoms. Sometimes in fall when dewy mornings give fungus a boost, this can mean the shrub should be plucked leafless. Never fear, even its stems are photosynthesizing.