Roses are early warn­ing sys­tem

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE | BUSINESS - WILL WA­TER­FORD Owner of Caloun­dra Gar­den and Pet Sup­plies

I DON’T know if you have no­ticed when you are trav­el­ling through grape grow­ing ar­eas that at the end of the row of vines they have a rose bush.

This rose bush acts as an early warn­ing sys­tem for the grapes, as roses and grapes at­tract the same type of dis­eases such as pow­dery mildew and the rose has a flower, so it will at­tract any pest that are around to them first, such as thrips.

There are thou­sands of va­ri­eties of thrips and most of them are about 1-2mm long, so they can be missed.

Thrips love to suck the nu­tri­ents from your plants – they con­gre­gate on the softer new leaves and flow­ers as this is where the plant is send­ing the most nu­tri­ents.

The first in­di­ca­tions that they are around can be white dots on the leaves and the flow­ers can have brown bro­ken petals. You often see them in a mass group around the base of a flower.

To help con­trol aphids you can at­tract lady bugs into the gar­den, they love to eat them. Also keep the area around the rose free from weeds so they have nowhere to hide.The best way is to spray them with OCP Eco oil or Sear­les Ecofend.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CUT DOWN: Thrips dam­age to leaves.

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