Common Rose Diseases

This article will help you identify and treat the most common ailments that might befall your roses. They fall into two categories: insect pests and microbial diseases.


Some insects are beneficial to your roses, but many like to chow down on the leaves and buds. In most circumstances, it’s best to treat the plants with insecticides only when you see the pests or their effects; otherwise, you can weaken the plant by killing the good insects as well as the bad. The following section discusses how to identify and treat infestations of common rose-attacking insects.

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Plant Collapse

It is always disappointing when a cherished specimen suddenly looks sickly, and it is so often the more expensive types which succumb first. There is not going to be much pleasure in growing indoor plants unless you learn how to avoid plant troubles.

Specific pests and diseases are not usually to blame; in most cases the cause of illness or death is either too much or too little of one or more of the essential growth factors.

There are scores of possible reasons which can account for the death of an indoor plant. The seven most common fatal factors are:

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Looking For A Natural Fungicide For Your Plants? Try Baking Soda!

Indoors or outdoors, a variety of fungal organisms can affect your plants, ranging from common problems like anthracnose to opportunistic infections that attack your plants after a pest has weakened the plant. Chances are, if your plants start to suffer from unusual spotting or funny colored growths, the problem is a fungus. Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate as it is also known, is a cheap and effective way to protect your plants against mildew and cabbage worm. Few people realize just how useful this simple kitchen product is in the garden and orchards. Baking soda is great for controlling powdery mildew on cucumbers, eggplants, tomatoes and strawberries. The baking soda fungicide is mostly effective as a preventative, offering only minimal benefits after your plants have become infected. Weekly spraying of susceptible plants during humid or damp weather can greatly reduce the incidence of powdery mildew in your garden.

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Homemade Insecticides

Do you have bugs eating all of your precious plants? Here are some tips.

There are many ways on how to use low-cost and non-toxic ways to kill every kind of bug there is. Here are some common questions and answers to bug problems that many gardeners face. In the summer, many outdoor plants can be plagued by bugs. Whether it is a vegetable garden, flower garden, or a treasured tree infested by bugs, this article about homemade insecticides can help you keep the bugs at bay. Around July, many Hostas and other popular garden-variety plants begin to have yellowish holes. These holes are from bug infestation. If you have noticed this kind of decay of your plants, here are a few tips. How do you keep bugs off of your Hostas?

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Protect Your Garden Plants From Pests

Spider mites may be having negative effects on your outdoor vegetable garden. Very small and likely to go unnoticed, these critters are not beneficial to your plant life. A spider mite may kill an entire plant if left to its own devices even a plant as sturdy as the dieffenbachia may be at risk, so just imagine how much damage such this spider can do to your tender garden seedlings.

To be able to identify these spiders, you will need to know exactly what they look like, and exactly what kind of evidence they leave behind to tip you off to their presence. Unfortunately, they are so small that you may need a magnifying glass to find them. Many people find that they are easier to see on the undersides of plant leaves perhaps because this side of the leaf tends to be lighter in color.

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Natural Remedies Against Garden Pests

Sometimes it is not easy to take care of your garden. Not only are there weeds to pluck but you also will have to be aware of insects. These pests do not make one’s job easy and many are now shying away from chemical solutions that were once de rigueur. The first important thing to figure out is which bugs are pests and which are beneficial to your garden. Worms are beneficial, that is obvious, we all know that worms help to aerate the soil and provide waste to keep the soil healthy. Ants are a trickier insect to determine as beneficial or harmful to the garden.

However, some may be reluctant to go all organic as it usually involves more work on their side. But some of the more natural remedies for garden pests have proven to be cost effective and have probably been used before the advent of garden and plant chemicals. Here are some examples of natural remedies that you can use:

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