Bug problem?

Kippy(SoCal zone 10. Sunset Zone 24)June 21, 2014

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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jerijen(Zone 10)

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.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 12:04PM
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Kippy, I'd guess thrips, too. Try googling "thrips rose damage" and see if your buds match the photos. Carol

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 6:27PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

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

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 8:25PM
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Kippy(SoCal zone 10. Sunset Zone 24)

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

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 8:30PM
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jerijen(Zone 10)

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.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 4:39PM
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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!

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 10:00AM
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