Do Japanese beetles like ALL roses?
Hi Rose Lovers
While browsing through an outdoor rose selection at our local nursery I noticed that almost every variety of rose had Japanese beetles on them. The damage on some varieties was worse than on others while there were a few that appeared to be untouched. Even though they were located right beside, between or surrounded by varieties that were being visited by Japanese beetles there were not one beetle on either their leaves or blossoms.
Roses with yellow,white or pale coloured blossoms seemed to be fairing the worst. Maybe the damage is easier to see on lighter coloured flowers but they really looked eaten up. Iceberg was one of those.
Two that were untouched were both red roses named Adelaide Hoodless & Hope for Humanity.
It didn't appear that these roses had been specially treated in any apparent manner nor was there reason to believe they were new arrivals on site.
Is there any evidence that Japanese beetles don't like certain varieties at all or as much as others? Perhaps they don't like red?
If anyone have any experience with this or input I'd really appreciate hearing about it.
Thanks in advance.