Hi , can anyone help , 1, climbing rose has buds but they sort of turn blackish and sometimes fall off .. Was fine last year .. Is it
That's the sort of thing that could be rose midge damage, but they are usually not severe in the early season--only a few survive the winter.
Please add your state and climate zone to your signature. Rose midge has a limited range. Also eastern zone 7 and thereabouts had a severe late frost in mid-April that would cause that type of damage. I had to do a lot of re-pruning.
Rose midge is already doing damage in my zone 5 garden. Guess the winter didn't kill the little bastards as I'd hoped. And yes, this does look like rose midge.
This post was edited by barefootgirl on Thu, May 22, 14 at 15:23