rose question

Newbie90August 19, 2014

sorry if this is a silly question but was wondering if there is something wrong with my roses, as you can see they start of fine and lovely like the rose on the right but then they go like the rose on the left. is this a disease or is this how they naturally die when old.

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michaelg(7a NC Mts)

Usually it is caused by the botryis fungus which spreads in cool weather with occasional rain. There is little or nothing you can do about it. Just pick off the spoiled blooms. Some varieties are more susceptible than others. I try to avoid those.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 9:47AM
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Michaela .:. thegarden@902 .:. (Zone 5b - Iowa)

I'm new to gardening myself but that just looks like an old bloom to me. But someone else with more experience will be able tell you for sure! :)

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 9:55AM
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jerijen(Zone 10)

Yeah some botrytis, I guess. But some roses just DO that, rather than dropping the petals of old blooms.

See here: The rose on the right looks pretty good. The middle one is faded, and starting to get that "old Kleenex" look. The one on the right is in-between.

Deadhead, and the messy thing is gone. :-)


    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 12:16PM
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seil zone 6b MI

I think it's just an old spent bloom that needs dead heading. Botrytis would effect all the blooms not just the old ones. You'd see brown edges on all the petals even the tight buds. And the buds would probably not open all the way like the one on the right is. Different varieties will age in different ways. Some hang on to their petals and get the used kleenex look while others will simple drop all their petals.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 4:40PM
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Ah that's good news hopefully then :) thanks for the help everyone

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 6:45PM
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