Why Are My Roses Leaves Turning Yellow?

There are many reasons why your rose leaves turn yellow. You may have noticed that the lower leaves of your roses are turning yellow. There could be several causes for it. One reason could be from a fungus called Phytophthora ramorum which attacks plants during their dormant stage or vegetative growth phase. Another cause could be from the bacteria Rhizoctonia solani. These two diseases attack plants when they are growing in soil and water. When these two diseases infect plants, the plant dies due to lack of nutrients. If you want to prevent your roses from getting yellow leaves, then you need to control both of them.

Control of Phytophthora Ramorum:

The first thing you need to do is make sure that your roses are not exposed to soil or water where the disease may grow. To avoid this problem, place your roses in a pot with good drainage. Then put some kind of barrier around the pot so that no dirt or water gets inside the pot.

The barrier needs to be permeable so that air can still get in. But, it should not allow water or dirt to seep in. Good materials for this barrier include:






Peat Moss

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Coconut Coir Blocks

The next thing you need to do is treat the soil where your roses are growing with a fungicide. The same fungicide should be used for the barrier. After the fungicide has dried in the soil and on the barrier, you can place your roses in the pot.

Be sure to treat the soil every 2-3 weeks with the fungicide. You should also check your roses for any signs of disease every week.

Control of Rhizoctonia solani:

If your soil is infected with the bacteria, you need to treat the soil with fungicide every 2-3 weeks. Since the bacteria infects plants only when they are growing in soil and water, place your roses in a pot without exposing it to soil or water. Also make sure that the pot has good drainage.

Place a barrier around the pot to prevent any kind of water or dirt from seeping inside. Fungicide should be used on the barrier as well. Be sure to check your plants for any signs of infection every week.

Yellow Roses:

Even though the above mentioned diseases are the most common causes of yellow leaves on roses, they can sometimes be caused by other factors as well. It is also important that you maintain proper nutrition and upkeep for your rose bushes. If you follow these simple guidelines, you should be able to prevent yellow leaves from occurring.

But, if they do occur, then you need to take proper action to get rid of it. If these diseases or problems are not treated, your roses will most likely die within 2 months time.

Once you have solved the problem of yellow leaves on your roses, be sure to fertilize them every month or two with a good rose fertilizer. This will help them to grow healthy and stronger.

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Purchasing Rose Seeds:

There are several different places where you can purchase your rose seeds. The most common place is your local nursery or home and garden center. They usually carry a wide selection to choose from.

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You can also find rose seeds at your local hardware store. They don’t have as big of a selection, but they are fairly inexpensive.

The next place you can look for rose seeds is online. There are a lot of websites that sell them. The selection is usually really good and the prices are fair.

Plus, you don’t even have to leave your house!

The last place you can buy your rose seeds is from a seed auction. If you are interested in this option, simply do an internet search for “seed auctions” and you will find several different websites that host these auctions.

Good luck!

Sources & references used in this article:

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Rose diseases: Their causes and control by AM Waterman – 1932 – books.google.com

Severe Dry Spell…… Sucking Pests Alert in Rose! by T Sathyan, K Elanchezhyan… – Biotica Research …, 2020 – bioticainternational.com

Physiological Changes in Rose Leaves infected by Diplocarpon rosae by R Bhaskaran, D Purushothaman… – Journal of …, 1974 – Wiley Online Library

The effect of light on the cytokinin content of developing rose shoots by J Van Staden, N Zieslin, H Spiegelstein, AH Halevy – Annals of Botany, 1981 – JSTOR

Causes of injury to flooded tobacco plants. by PJ Kramer, WT Jackson – Plant Physiology, 1954 – ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Insect pests of roses by B Layton – 2008 – extension.msstate.edu

Arge xanthogaster (Hymenoptera: Argidae): A new threat to rose plants in Meghalaya, India by DM Flrake, GT Behere, PD Firake, DJ Rajkhoa… – Florida …, 2013 – BioOne




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