The Lesser Of Two Evils (fungicides) For Black Spot
I live in BS heaven, where even the most disease resistant roses get black spot. I am currently aiming for a no spray garden but its tough to love roses as much as I do and be so limited in what I can grow. I'm thinking no-spray may never be realistic for me. More like a (very little only as needed spray garden).
I am willing to spray (its not the work that bothers me) but I have been looking for a less harmful spray than the Bayer Advance Disease Control spray that I've used in the past. The instructions state that you must dress in a "space suit" as I call it, before spraying, (long sleeves, gloves, long pants, hat and face covering) and that you shower immediately after using. I just don't want to be around anything that dangerous.
Recently I switched to Spectracide Immunox. The instructions say to wash hands thoroughly after use (that's it, no space suit). Its also safe for edible plants like fruits and veggies (unlike bayer). I'm thinking this has to be a safer spray. Perhaps not organic baking soda safe (which I've tried and does not work at all) but better than Bayer right?
Has anyone had any luck with this spray (Immunox). Am I just deluding myself into thinking its a better option or is it truly safer since its made to work on edibles and it doesn't require the space suit. It does require spraying more often (every 10 days as opposed to two weeks) but I don't mind the extra work if its not as horrifying a product to use.
I only spray when absolutely necessary. I spray when we're getting 4 or more days of non stop rain and only during the rainy season (May-Sept). I have no problem living with a little black spot, but here its usually not a little, its a lot.
Also, no need to advise on "shovel pruning" I am growing the best roses I can find at this time and am already moving towards a no spray garden as best I can without having to give up some of my most loved roses. I've also already tried the organic rose sprays and not one has worked for me, not even a little bit.