First, prune off the damaged parts of the plant and dispose of the diseased material in bags or burn it. Do not add to the composter.
One home remedy 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. Another unusual remedy for fighting fungal diseases is manure tea. This formulation fights blackspot, as well as mildew and rust, while providing foliar nutrition. Place one gallon of well-composted manure in a 5-gallon bucket and fill with water. Stir the mixture well and let sit in a warm place for three days. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth or mesh and use the resulting tea to spray disease affected plants.
Remember to water your rose plants at soil level and avoid getting the leaves wet. Water in the morning. Space the plants well to ensure good air circulation. Smaller rose bushes be spaced 3 feet apart and larger rose bushes be spaced 4 feet apart from one another.
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