How to save my sick roses

About this episode

The Grumpy Gardener answers a reader’s question about sick roses. Plus Grumpy talks about his love for daylilies and how to grow these beauties.

Question of the week

My father has the most beautiful roses and is very persistent in fertilizing, watering and watering, but although his white roses have very healthy foliage, the flowers look sickly, brown and misshapen. This makes him very… Well, you know, Grumpy. Please help.

Grumpy’s answer

Well, I’m glad he’s standing firm. That’s a quality we should all possess in this world, but he’s also a cheapskate, and there are a few possible reasons why he feels that way. And the problem with his roses could be a few things. The first is a physiological phenomenon called exile, which has absolutely nothing to do with athletics, but it strikes roses. They are very round, spherical, have many petals and are very densely packed. And during cool, rainy weather, the petals stick together and don’t open, and eventually the flowers simply dry out and turn brown.

And there’s not much you can do about this except plant your roses under umbrellas, which is a no-starter for your dad, believe me. The second possible culprit for this is a small insect, called thrips. You can barely see it, and it likes to infest the flowers of roses and suck and chew on the petals. And because of this the buds often do not open and turn brown. So if you think you have thrips, to keep them under control, apply a product called BioAdvanced All-In-One Rose & Flower Care in early May, according to label directions, and that should solve the problem. have to solve.

Plant of the week


We start with daylilies. Now let me get this out of the way first. If you have deer and are not willing to spray deer repellent, do not plant daylilies. They will be gnawed to the ground. But for the rest of us, just enjoy it. There are so many different types of daylilies. There are small ones, large ones, scented ones, reblooming ones, ruffled ones, in pretty much every color you can imagine except blue. Full disclosure: I have the only blue one in the world, and it can be yours for $1 billion.

Daylilies are one such plant. When you put them in the ground, they form a big clump… And after about a year or two, you can dig them up, and take out the roots, and you can get three. or four plants, where you only had one. So the great thing is that even if you pay a pretty penny for a very special daylily,

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