Tips of Stems

Anonymous added on April 22, 2011 | Answered

The tips of the stems of my rose bush have turned black, no spotting on the leaves. It's just on the stem. What do I need to do?

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Answered on April 22, 2011

It sounds like you have a little bit of what is called Rose Canker or die back. Sometimes it gets into the canes when pruning the roses or deadheading them if the pruners are a bit dirty. I would recommend wiping down your pruners with some Clorox or Lysol disinfectant wipes, then prune out the blackend ends and seal them with Elmers or some good white glue, but not school glue. This article should also help:

This blackening can also happen if pruners are a bit dull and squeeze the cane or stem a lot before actually cutting it.

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