Oct 25, 2012
Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I almost always use the mobile app, so I don't see notifications or posts. I don't claim to do anything special with the roses. They do require some attention to do well. During the growing season, like to use some miracle grow once a month. The directions call for every two weeks, but it's better to under-fertilize than over-fertilize.
One product that I use that has been very effective against black spot and spider mites (the common culprits) is a product with neem oil (a natural fungicide). I found it at walmart out of all places, and it seems to be gentle enough on the plants and still be effective. It is kind of expensive, so if you have several plants, it's best to get the concentrate and use a sprayer. This is the only time where it's okay to get the leaves wet; regular water on the leaves accelerates the grown of black spot. One final thing, I have them planted in an area where they get as much sunlight as possible. I have