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Beth
My soft pink rose is full of brownish beetles about 1cm long. The petals brown and the flowers don't open.

The beetles are a dull orangy brown and multiply within the base of the rose very rapidly (the babies are black). The flower bearing stems of infected buds appear to have weakened and when I attempt to shake the beetles out the rose heads often snap off.

Submitted: 01:59PM, 30 Nov 2010
Answer: Dear Beth,

We would recommend a product called Rose Shield to control this beetle. As well as containing a synthetic pyrethroid which will control budworm, aphids, thrips and two spotted mites, it also contains a systemic fungicide which will protect your roses against, black spot, mildew, rust and powdery mildew.

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Answered: 01:17PM, 31 Dec 2010

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