Aphids and Suckers

Young lush rose foliage sparkles like diamonds after the refreshing rains. Growing at breakneck speed, plants are loaded with buds, and, for us rose lovers, this upcoming blooming season is March Madness, the World Series and the Superbowl all rolled into one! Don’t let aphids diminish your enjoyment – just knock them off with a strong spray of water

Notice any leaves that look a bit different than the rest of the plant, rather thin and light colored? And do they seem to be growing from the base of the plant?  Many of the roses we grow are grafted onto ‘Dr Huey’ rootstock that produces a rather lovely velvety red bloom.  It’s extremely vigorous, and left unchecked, can overwhelm the rose. Learn more about rose suckers and how to manage them.

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