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Old 05-17-2015, 07:18 AM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Some David Austin roses and heirloom roses do very well without chemicals. We have to educste ourselves on which varieties to buy. Which roses have you had success with without chemicals?

Growing Roses Without Chemicals | Harlequin's Gardens
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Old 05-17-2015, 07:31 AM
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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None of my roses have chemicals applied, and some look better than others. I'm just recalling all the disease free ones:
Honey Sweet - Dr Griffith Buck. My FAVE rose. Bluish foliage with touches of red or dark pink. The flowers are a very dark orange/pink/melon and fragrant.

Brilliant Pink Iceberg - Big and thorny. Has luscious hips that are the biggest and most delicious ones in my yard. Disease free foliage.

Rosa Virginiana - No leaf diseases. Seems to like partial shade. Sets TONS of ornamental hips, but they taste like wax to me.
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Old 05-17-2015, 08:07 AM
Location: Dallas
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I don't use chemicals on any of my roses. I use a seaweed/fish emulsion to fertilize, hand pick caterpillars and beetles from the leaves, and use a milk/water spray to control black spot. The black spot treatment is not 100% effective but neither was the chemical treatment I tried one season. After applying the chemical, the bushes looked stressed, so I abandoned that route.

I've got several Joseph's Coat, Golden Showers, Camelot, and others I lost the tags to. All are doing well.
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Old 05-17-2015, 09:34 PM
Location: McKinleyville, California
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I too do not use chemicals on any of my roses, I feed them compost, rabbit manure or sifted chicken manure, if they need to be sprayed, I use a home made mix of feverfew daisy and soap sprayed on the plants and plant feverfew as a companion plant to keep ants at bay. Chicken manure seems to produce more blossoms.
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