[LMB] AKICOTL: Roses in peril

Helen Fenton hifenton at internode.on.net
Wed Jan 11 10:00:32 GMT 2017

Sydney is temperate enough for aphids. They will quite happily chomp your roses to bare branches. My mother ( who grew the most glorious roses) always saved a bucket or two of soapy wash water to throw over her roses to keep the evil bugs away.

If you have harlequin bugs or some other weird variant I'm sure the soapy water trick should help. 

I will swap you for my rose problem - for some reason the damn fruit bats have decided that my roses are delicious and they have eaten every single bloom and bud. My son caught the little beasts at it.  They have never attacked them before and we have been living here for seven years. I lost my mango crop with the heavy storms late last year so they might be missing their favourite snack but we have lost a mango crop before without them attacking my roses. 

I'm sorry about your roses but do try the soapy water trick - it won't hurt even if it doesn't help. 

Kind Regards,
Helen Fenton

> On 11 Jan 2017, at 8:21 PM, Jennifer Johnson <jennifer.johnson2557 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 10 January 2017 at 23:48, Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com> wrote:
>> From: Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>
>> This morning I went out to check the garden and there were massive
>> clouds of some small bug like a little brown ladybeetle. And my roses
>> were eaten to nothing - the leaves were like lace, all eaten away. Some
>> of them were totally gone, others just had all the new growth eaten. And
>> the orange tree was being attacked too.
>> Update: The lady at the garden place says they're harlequin bugs. But I
>> looked that up online and they don't look like mine (I captured a few.
>> Well,
>> I found a few in my clothes.)
>> <snip details>
> I have similar problems ever years from aphids but they're a temperate
> climate problem so not likely to be your culprits. Too bad because I know
> the aphid damage is mostly cosmetic and can be controlled with just a
> thorough spraying of soapy water.
> I got 17 million hits from searching "rose leaves eaten lacy holes" so its
> a common problem whose specific answer is often regional. This looks like a
> good FAQ for Australia: http://rossroses.com.au/Culture/pdf/rossrosesfaq.pdf
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