Is anyone else bothered by rose chafers. Here at the farm they arrive in June and stay for about 3 weeks. They land on and destroy rose buds and fully opened roses.
Ã¢ÂÂRose ChafersÃ¢ÂÂ cause major problems for roses, indeed. Adult rose chafers chew and make holes in the leaves issue between the large veins, an injury known as the Ã¢ÂÂSkeletonizingÃ¢ÂÂ. To prevent this; you should cover plant with a Ã¢ÂÂFloating Row coverÃ¢ÂÂ.
Thank you for that comment marklucas. I will try that this year as I don't spray and picking these small bugs off that come in the hundreds some years is impossible. I am putting in a row of hybrid teas so that should be easy enough to cover if necessary.
Also - my roses were mostly fragrant once bloomers. The bugs got all the blossoms unless I brought them into the house right away. Now I am planting continuous bloom hoping that I will have roses after the bugs are gone.
My Austin Abraham Darby is not bothered by them because it is a late bloomer here in my cold climate. So late blooming roses are an option too as long as they leave the foliage alone.
I suggest that you should plant some Ã¢ÂÂAustin Abraham Darby rosesÃ¢ÂÂ, in an area where they can receive a minimum of 5 hour of direct sun. Do not feed too late in their growing season; which can cause winter-kill due to the soft growth forming with fertilizing late in the season. In colder climate, the plants need some winter protection.