<![CDATA[Burpee Community - ]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/483/rose-bush-care en-US Burpee //d1l316k04n1hna.cloudfront.net/static/images/burpee-favicon.png 16 16 Burpee http://www.burpee.com/community/ <![CDATA[Re: Rose bush care]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/483/rose-bush-care?commentid=1444
Prune the plants back by 1/3rd and thin out the dead branches.  This can be done in early Spring before the plants leaf out.  Beetles can be controlled with japanese beetle traps.

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/483/rose-bush-care?commentid=1444 February 16, 2012
December 28, 2013 December 28, 2013 <![CDATA[Re: Rose bush care]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/483/rose-bush-care?commentid=2053 I have found the best way to control Japanese beetles is to hand pick them (or shake them) off the plant into a pitcher 1/3 full of water into which I have squirted one or two squirts of liquid dishwashing soap. In 2012 my husband and I picked off over 100 beetles a day from three rose bushes. In 2013 we only had 20 - 30 per day during the beetle season. I am hoping for less in 2014. Perhaps we have disrupted their breeding cycle. I also poured a mild soap solution over the ground at the base of the bush since I heard the beetles breed in the soil.

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/483/rose-bush-care?commentid=2053 December 28, 2013
<![CDATA[Re: Rose bush care]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/483/rose-bush-care?commentid=2055 Japanese beetle populations can be somewhat cyclic-  some years they are much worse than others.  The best control of local populations is to get them before they pupate (mature and emerge) in your lawns.  How you choose to control insects in your lawns is a matter of preference (there are organic and non organic methods).  There are populations that will migrate in from other areas:  these should be hand picked to reduce the number of mating beetles.  A word of caution about beetle traps:  they can attract in these migratory populations and I do not think anyone wants more beetles in their area!  Happy gardening!

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/483/rose-bush-care?commentid=2055 January 8, 2014
<![CDATA[Re: Rose bush care]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/483/rose-bush-care?commentid=2095 If Japanese beetles are a problem, milky spore can be used in the area and is supposed to practically eliminate these pests for several years. 

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/483/rose-bush-care?commentid=2095 March 15, 2014