Organic Rose Gardening

Organic rose gardening can be very rewarding so try these simple organic gardening tips to rid your roses of the most common garden problems.

Take a look at some common home remedies. With these simple recipes, you can make organic rose gardening simple and inexpensive.

Controlling Aphids

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One common problem suffered by many rose gardeners is aphids. Aphids are small, soft bodied insects. They have plump, pear shaped bodies with little tubes, called cornicles.

Aphids will often be found on young leaves or new plant shoots, as they prefer to eat the younger vegetation. They feed in colonies and will often be found on the underside of the leaves.

Once they've really infested a plant, the leaves will start to curl under around them. These little bugs can kill rose plants if left unchecked.

Many gardeners give up their attempt at organic rose gardening because these little critters make them resort to pesticides.

But aphids CAN be controlled organically. Here are two simple remedies to help make your garden aphid free.

Simple Soap Solution

* 2 Tbs. soap flakes

* 2 liters warm water

Dissolve soap flakes in water and apply directly to infested areas every 5-7 days. Be certain to follow the specifications closely, because too much soap can burn the leaves of your plant.

Garlic Oil Spray

* 10-15 cloves of minced garlic

* 2 tsp. mineral oil

* 600 ml water

* 1 tsp. liquid dish soap

Soak garlic in mineral oil for 24 hours. Strain garlic out and add 600 ml water and 1 tsp. liquid dish soap. Mix thoroughly and spray your rose plants with the solution. This solution will also kill spider mites and whiteflies.

Black Spot

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Black spot is a fungus that often plagues rose gardeners. This infectious disease is found only on roses and leaves unsightly black spots on the leaves of the rose plant.

Here's an organic rose gardening remedy used by many organic gardeners to kill black spot without using harmful fungicides.

* 1 tsp. baking soda

* 1 liter water

* 1 tsp. soap flakes

Dissolve baking soda in 1 liter of warm water. Add soap flakes to help solution cling to leaves. Remove infected leaves from plant and then spray top and bottom of remaining leaf surfaces to control spread of the disease.

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