Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner in Your Rose Garden. . .

Rose Gardening World

Series 1 - Japanese Beetles

Photo Credit: Ohio State University

With the summer months come the inevitable unwanted visitors to your garden. They come in droves and devour the leaves, buds, blooms, and even the canes of your roses. Here is one of these creatures which slipped into the Ark when Noah was gathering his flock and now wants to dine in your rose garden.

Adult Japanese beetles are metallic blue-green with copper-wing covers, measuring about ½ inch long and 1/4 inch wide. Japanese beetle larvae (found underground) are C-shaped, plump grayish-white grubs with light brown heads. The larvae grow up to 1 inch long and spend the winter several inches below the soil surface. Adult beetles live for only 30-45 days but can cause significant damage in a short amount of time. They can chew your rose plants away because they eat flower petals and buds and attacked leaves…

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