Mohammedi Rose

16 May, '12

Mohammedi RoseI think this is a “single” Sultani or as they’re called locally “Mohammedi” Rose. It has a very nice scent. Unforutnately some bugs have taken a shine to these and other bushes in my garden and they’re chomping at the leaves and damaging flowers. I’ll take some advice from the botanists in the Budaiya experimental farms and hope that they’ll identify what needs to be done, if anything.

Do you have any idea what’s chomping at my plants?

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  1. Barry says:

    Mahmood: Generally, chewed leaf margins indicate some sort of caterpillar. It’s also a rather charming rose. Reminds me of some of the more vine-like ones I’ve seen growing.

    • mahmood says:

      Hey Barry, it’s been a while and it’s great to see your comments again.

      Thanks for the confirmation of caterpillars. I looked under the leafs and around the plants but can’t find any. I do have a number of butterflies in the garden and like having them around. I suppose if I spray the plants, then those butterflies will disappear. So the question must be which I value more?

      I’d say the plants!

      I wonder if there is any organic stuff I can use. I’ll try with soap and water spray and see how it goes.

  2. Mark says:

    Mahmood

    Neem is all you need. You can find the concentrate at any nursery that is worth it own salt. It is the only pesticide I now use. Best of all it is 100% organic.

    • mahmood says:

      I tried that before but it didn’t do anything unfortunately Mark. Willing to try again and see how it goes.

  3. Mark says:

    Neem didn’t kill whatever was nibbling on your plants? WOW! I am shocked,

    Seriously though the one drawback with neem is it washes off when you water. So hold off on watering for a couple of days after you use it. This may not of course be easy to do as it is getting hotter and hotter every day.

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