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Bug problem?

Posted by Kippy-the-Hippy 10 Sunset 24 (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 21, 14 at 0:08

Sorry for no photos, but what bug in SoCal is most likely to cause buds not to open? And what bugs eat the bad ones? Not balled from humidity.

In the lower part of the garden I have a bunch of new roses, seems like most every one has buds that something ruined. I don't have the issue in the upper garden, but those roses have been there a lot longer and I am guessing that what ever is damaging the buds is already being eaten by good bugs.

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RE: Bug problem?

Thrips??? I've seen some thrips, on light-colored roses this odd spring.

And I have had some guard petals damaged by morning fogs, preventing blooms from opening, until I removed them.

RE: Bug problem?

Kippy, I'd guess thrips, too. Try googling "thrips rose damage" and see if your buds match the photos. Carol

RE: Bug problem?

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Sat, Jun 21, 14 at 20:25

Preying Mantis seemed to have helped my Thrips problem. They eat everything and anything, even tiny Thrips.

RE: Bug problem?

Hmm Might have to find me some Mantis. I know we have some small bugs that I can find in the petals and I do get a rose or two that something munches, guessing the new roses in the new areas are on the menu. Funny cause roses just feet away are fine

RE: Bug problem?

If it is thrips, they really concentrate on light-colored roses.

I have seen, tho, some oddities. For instance, Sombreuil, Cl., gets thrips here, but the blooms never show any damage.

RE: Bug problem?

Thrips & rose midge do in my roses sometimes.
Rose midge either leaves a dry dusty begining of a bud or this. The thrip bores into the base of the bud and eats from the inside!

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