I will save banana peals cut up in the freezer and each spring my roses get a feeding of banana peel around the root area of the rose. Not only do my roses suffer from blackspot, but the crab apple tree in my front yard does as well. Grow rose varieties that are resistant to black spot – these are suggested in the catalogues of specialist rose growers. collections at ‘Malmaison’ increased from 182 varieties, to over 6000 between 1814 to 1850. One questions, moderately — well probably totally — unrelated: If I’m suppressing weed growth with newspaper, do I need to weed before laying down the paper or can I put it down right on top? Plus it looks really healthier now, looks like it liked the natural oil stuff. Last year my 2 roses had horrible black spot & I did nothing but this year, if it rears its ugly head I’ll be prepared! The last two days, I have planted Wisconsin winter onions (They are quite strong) around all eleven of my rose bushes. It may be a slightly less effective treatment than store bought sprays….but I like the ‘no chemical’ approach. I will start Kevin’s milk spray when we get back. I know it will work. I invite bees and several types of butterflies in my garden and I also raise monarchs in my garden. Get Milk. Radio Round Up live at the QLD Garden Expo. I am wondering if this will work for our rose bushes in North East Texas? As an aside, My Gallicas (Apothecary’s Rose and Rosa Mundi) never get blackspot, but do suffer from powdery mildew – the only roses in my garden which do. Spraying is work, but it isn’t hard work. I use a copper soap but it takes diligence. A spray composed of one part milk and two parts water is the best answer to the disease. Also is it better to use this milk water mix at night or in morning before sun is out or maybe in morning sunlight? I was picking the infected leaves every day, but it persisted. I have another question: some of my roses turn brown before they’ve ever opened and when they finally do open, the flowers are stunted and have a sickly color to them. The solution also acts as a deer repellent according to the West Virginia Botanical Garden. Growing conditions can play a big part in a plant’s susceptibility to pest and disease. They were doing fine and then came the hot humid days of August. Joan – I know the milk-and-water solution works on blackspot and also powdery mildew, so maybe it will work on whatever fungus has attacked your black-eyed susan plants. will this work for aphids too? The sun is harsh, humidity high here. Mix fat-free milk with water in a 1:1 ratio and apply it using a spray bottle. Thank you as I wasn’t wild about spraying anything chemical in my gardens. After a long search online I came across the milk/water solution. advertisement Source […], […] Posted by admin October 20, 2013 advertisement Source […], […] According to author and horticultural professor Jeff Gillman, who has conducted extensive research on blackspot remedies, a spray composed of one part milk and two parts water is the best answer to the disease. I bet a combo of both products will work wonders to eradicate the first signs of black spot we have noted on our beautiful David Austin roses! sites increases the probability of theft. Water comes out of the tap in the kitchen. I know honey is also supposed to be great for fungus. I use a baking soda mixture with great results. (hah hah). No Knock Out roses here ,they like their roses tall with fat sexy fragrant flowers. Also the types of rose. However, I would like to know for how long I should do the treatment and if there is a way of stopping this annoying fungus from coming back. Step 3 Spray both sides of … This past winter I began watering with the rinse water from milk containers. Garden Types. I’ve sprayed them with white vinegar but they are still there. Hello I am from Malaysia the climate here is very hot and high humidity .I have been spending much for my rose gardening…I got so stressed about this black spot.first thing in the morning when I woke up,I have to pluck all the affected leaves and again this make me so stressed.I read this article..I try spraying 1 milk ..2 water at my roses…my God,BELIVE IT OR NOT, IT WORKS LIKE MAGIC…no more yellow leaves and no more black spot…I am so happy to find this article..TRY THIS IT WORKS. Had researched the web when I lost the tree & found a great big long list of plants that either don’t do well or don’t survive this disease. | protractedgarden, gardenfuzzgarden.com "Got Blackspot? Meow! Nearly every one of my 7 roses is an antique, grown from a cemetery cutting. Hallelujah! ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Jeff Powell (comment #130 below) shared this happy news:  Good to hear that the 2/3 water and 1/3 milk solution works on blackspot. Pick up any fallen leaves, too. Thank you and I will let you know the outcome on my roses. Place in spray bottle or tank sprayer and apply liberally. Thank you so much for the milk and water advice. consistently show an improvement in overall health of the roses trialled, with increased resistance to fungal disease, resulting in a significant reduction and naively just picked the varieties I thought were the Most beautiful. Thanks so much. Just leave them. Tomorrow I am going to try your recipe, so thanks! I watered only leaves and only tops of them, but entire plant completely recovered from black spots. By the way, I have a kitty cat with a bad cough, any advice? Love your blog. what ever it is turns the leaves ugly and the fruit ugly as well and huge orange spores. I wonder if it works as a repellant for kangaroos as well as deer!! I apply it every other week, making sure to get all the leaf surfaces. I suspect you mean to say it’s an insidious disease, not an insipdid disease. I have loads of raw dairy goat milk as well as raw cow milk from our miniature jersey cows. May 8, 2015 - When Should You Plant Luna Hibiscus?. I’m definitely going to try this. This homemade fungicide spray stops powdery mildew in its tracks. Milk is expensive in my area. Don’t use a windex bottle. OMG I have this problem with my roses: I am definitely going to try this. I am going to spray my roses with the milk & water solution first thing tomorrow. It’s important to remember that just because your rose looks unhealthy, it doesn’t mean there’s no cure. Try: Rosa centafolia; Tuscany rose(Rosa gallica v. Tuscany); or Apothecary rose(Rosa gallica v. Apothecary). I knew that I wasn’t the only one who didn’t like the humid weather that has taken up residence in WNY this summer! You will have to do a little math here for your gallon sprayer, but just think of the solution as 1 cup milk and 2 cups of water. The Peace rose makes excellent tea and my double delight makes what I consider to be the best tea ever. I took care of the pests that attacked the roses, but the black spot made very uneasy. I will be trying this remedy and hope it works! Went out today to buy this years supply of concentrate for spraying my roses for disease only to find it isn’t made anymore! Helen. By improving the general vigour of your rose plants with generous Hi, Kevin! Dip this into rooting hormone gel or powder and place into propagation mix deep enough so that it stands by itself. which meant additional spraying had to be done. Hi..I get Black spot on my Roses…I have had it before …and have had it again this year. Mix and apply mixture weekly. And, if left untreated, the fungus will continue to attack other leaves on the shrub (young leaves are the most vulnerable). I work it into the soil with a little peat moss to help hold moisture in the soil and I have beautiful roses all summer. So prevalent was the Persian rose in breeding, that many modern rose varieties, especially yellow varieties, are believed to have R. foetida ‘persiana’ as I used 10 drops of tea tree oil in 1/4 glass of water, and it worked on 1st try. Creating a Raised Bed Garden, BY Kevin Lee Jacobs | May 29, 2012 189 Comments. I had a horrible summer with that in 2011, and so far, 2012 looks a bit rainy as well so I’m going to be going back to the milk and water on the lilacs again! mada – Glad you tried the milk and water solution. When would you use the milk solution versus Neem? FYI – We had Zuchinni and Squash last year which got mold on the leaves. More details here: Gardenia Leaves Turning Black. Plants become so healthy that they resist most attacks. My solution? I don’t keep very much fresh milk, could I use dry milk? You started off by saying, The other day you noticed Black spot on your roses but later saying you spray your roses ever Monday, odd that, Because if this method was really effective having being sprayed with this solution every Monday then surely the Black spot would not have appeared, but in your tale it has appeared, So surely that is proof that this method of yours does not work. I’ve tried it, and it didn’t work for me, but I live in NC where the humidity is quite high most of the time. When new growth appears, start the weekly milk/water routine. I just got rid of these nasty little critters thankfully. You can use the homemade remedy to get rid of black spots … My hand wasn’t happy about it, but I couldn’t seem to stop ripping out dandelions. Heading now to find that spray bottle I saw a week or two ago…..thanks again! *fingers crossed* Thanks for the tip! I have some roses with P.M., a couple with Thrips and several very healthy roses all right next to each other in a line. OCP Eco-Rose is effective in the control of black spot because it contains a specially formulated potassium bicarbonate that alters the pH of the leaf, dehydrating the fungal spores. To control black spot of roses, mix 3 tablespoons (15 ml) of concentration per gallon of water and spray the solution on the rose foliage. I have some roses that are 20′ or more. I like to use rose petals in salads and I make tea out of them as well. I’m in Atlanta. I’m going to give the milk and water solution a try. @Renae, sounds like you have harlequin beetle..they are black and orange. The isopropyl alcohol, water, and sudsy ammonia solution is brilliant! Yesterday I sprayed them with this milk mix and this morning I was surprised! Now if it would also deter squirrels as well as all of the other wonderful things it does, that would be awesome! I am showing roses at my county fair this year, and I have to say that his is very odd, but my plants are in need of something to get rid of the blackspot. Kind regards, Black Spot Spray Using Milk 1 cup of milk, any type 2 cups of water 1 quart spray bottle Milk is a folk home-remedy for black spot on roses, but modern testing has proved it is an effective deterrent for fungus. Some have a ‘secret question’ you have to answer if you cannot I enjoy your blog. Would it work on the black spots on black eyed susans? Organic Gardening Gardening Tips Indoor Gardening Black Spot On Roses Rose Care Rose Bush Care Rose Leaves Yellow Leaves On Roses Growing Roses. I noticed that the roses in the next yard has them to so I’ll spray his as well. If the black spot disease is not treated, it can cause complete defoliation of rose bushes. from tomorrow i will try. Roses also prefer to grow without root competition from other Now, I’m not opposed to scantily-clad statues  in my garden. Use white vinegar to control weeds in our gravel driveway. We use a strong chamomile-nettle tea spray every week during the hot summer months and sometimes beyond. The actual roses look brown and burned when the blooms start to open up. | gardenfuzzgarden.com, Got Blackspot? This year it appears my hydrangea, which neighbors the roses, has also caught the spot. I love what you guys are usually up too. Great post! Roses Garden .. I spray the ground and bushes with diluted Jeyes fluid and thoroughly clear the ground. Apply a layer of mulch the rose that is higher might have 10 leaves left on it and they have black spot. I will send you a picture as soon as they start to bloom. Yesterday I tried your milk and water treatment. Once a few of my baby ones died but the root stock came back a year later. But I like my roses fully clothed. Learn how your comment data is processed. Good Morning—Patty here! Blackspot seems to have hit early this year due to the very rainy May in the Mid-Atlantic. However I came home to one of my rose bushes having a tremendous amount of black spot…leaves nearly gone around the bottom..still flowering but looks terrible…do I cut it right back at this point or will milk and water resurrect it? These affected leaves will eventually become yellow and fall off. I’ve tried milk for powdery mildew and it works! | Mom in the Garden, https://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2012/05/got-black-spot-get-milk/, Milkweed Diseases - Monarch Butterfly Garden, Got Blackspot? K. R. Thanks Kevin ! You have the wrong roses. Will that work on the black powdery mildew on my jade tree? Great season for bulbs but hard on this cold gardener. In any case, cleaning them, is a nightmare. I grow a range of around 180 different varieties, some of which are for flower shows. I am completely green – (innocent) where gardening is concerned and have two rose bushes covered in black spot. Stir the mixture well and let sit in a warm place for three days. Love your rose photos! You have started a revolution haha .I am going to start spraying mine BEFORE i get andy fungal issues. B lack spots on your rose bush are enough to break any gardener’s heart. It’s best to spray all plants weekly whether they show signs of fungus or not. Hugs, So glad to have read this as my rose bushes have blackspot too! I was about to go to our favorite local nursery and talk to them and show them the leaves on my plant. 4.4 out of 5 stars 462 I’ve sprayed twice and so far it seems to […], […] there seems to be an easy and organic way to control the black spot. Thank you. I like the organic treatment, though! However, the odds are stacked against me as I live in Ireland and we get a lot of rain all year round!! This fungal infection becomes a problem if the leaves are wet for several hours. Members of the Rose Society of NSW, and other Australian rose societies, have conducted trials of the rose fertiliser, Sudden Impact for Roses, which Try it!!!! I was going to pull the whole thing out this Fall, but I think I will leave it and try the milk spray in the Spring. Share this:Like this:Like Loading… […], […] called A garden for the house. Alternate each fortnight between Hope that helps! I am now going to pass this information onto the other amateur gardeners in the facebook group I co run so they can also learn about this invaluable information :-)), Hi Kevin…I googled for a home remedy solution…I have underground irrigation…so leaving my garden for a few days didn’t worry me. I prefer using as few heavy duty chemicals as possible so i will be trying this solution out this year. I’m really trying to stay organic in the treatment of blackspot on my roses. If I forget and see the first sign of p.mildew I spray down the plants and soil immediately and it stops them in their tracks! I also feed my roses with banana peal each spring. Also i heard its only cow milk that works. Thank you for all your help!! Hi Dee – I’ve applied the milk/water solution at various times of the day: morning, afternoon, early evening. Get medieval roses that smell great and get very little fungal disease and are winter hardy. Should I remove all the affected leaves before spraying with the milk mixture or leave them on the bush? These, of course, will turn yellow and fall to the ground, too,  until the shrub looks shockingly nude. each day to bloom properly, so it is best to avoid semi-shaded positions when planting. One is a solution made with baking soda: dissolve 1 teaspoon baking soda in a quart of water, add a few drops of liquid soap to the mix to help it cling better to the foliage, spray infected plants thoroughly. So this is great news and I will try it to tomorrow if it doesn’t rain. Also, how do I get it up there? I also have neem oil which I’ll try. It usually strikes young leaves less than two weeks old, and begins as small black spots on the leaves. Then, in spring, just as new leaves appear, spray the tree with the milk/water solution (or some other fungicide) every week or so. I will do it today! My orchids were dazzling and for the first time ever I had a fuscia come through the winter with no aphid attack or leaf loss and it bloomed constantly. I bought fungicides before that, but they would just burn my plant plus did not get rid of black spots. bleach-free dishwashing soap, then swirl the container around again. Craig and Alberto. I’m from Siberia. I’ll be doing your mlk and water spray this week, thank you for a healthy way to attack. Worth a try, anyway. I use a 1 to 3 mixture of milk and water as a foliar feed or for watering any outdoor plants. Thanks very much for your help…. because it contains a specially formulated potassium bicarbonate that alters the pH of the leaf, dehydrating the fungal spores. I’m lactose intolerant and almost never haver milk on hand, so I use a Neem Oil spray. Seemed to work tho you do need to spray them every few days. Baking Soda Spray – Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon cooking oil in 1 gallon of water. I am rose heaven . I do have black spot! Watering in the evening should also be avoided, as it allows moisture to remain on the foliage, creating ideal conditions for fungal spores In spring I mix up a big bottle and head out to the gardens and I spray everything down with this solution – you just never know when any type of fungus/blackspot will appear and this sure helps. Recommend Reading Article by Mike McGrath, You Bet Your Garden Radio Show (PBS), on gardens alive web site. I am searching for the remedy. 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