What is boring holes in my roses?

ellen_portland(z8 OR)May 31, 2009


I'm a new rose grower ;-) I'm very excited to all my new adoptions ready to pop with new blooms.

Now I am upset to find holes chewed into many of my new buds! Any ideas on what it is and is there a way I can get rid of the little invaders that is non-toxic? I have a inquisitive goofy dog who uses the backyard regularly. (these holes are way too small to have been done by her LOL)

Thanks so much!

Here is a link that might be useful:

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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

my guess would be earwigs

    Bookmark   May 31, 2009 at 9:58PM
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Problem:Holes appear in unopened rosebuds. Leaves and stems may also have holes or may be chewed off.

Cause:Caterpillar damage
Caterpillars, the larvae of moths and butterflies. Most are yellow or green and up to 1 inch long. Some, such as budworms, attack only the flowers; others eat the leaves and stems.
Solution:Spray with Bacillus thuringiensis, called Bt, a bacterium fatal to caterpillars but harmless to plants and other animals.

Here is a link that might be useful: rose pests

    Bookmark   May 31, 2009 at 11:39PM
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