Saved My Rose BushJanuary 18, 2021
Pam R. from North Carolina
I started using the SNS 209 as a systemic on my roses at the end of last season, in the hopes I could get ahead of thrips. The difference is remarkable—my roses are more vigorous, less susceptible to disease, the leaves are darker green, and I am getting plenty of bloom.
I had such a serious infestation that I also sprayed Captain Jack’s Dead bug to knock it down hard, hoping that your systemic can take over long term. I have cut back on the Capt Jack spray as much as possible, with all roses continuing to get the SNS 209 systemic herbicide regularly. Though I have no way of knowing if SNS 209 is working on thrips, I do see that my roses have improved this season overall, and I think it is because of your systemic. The reason I think so is that it is the only new amendment that I have given to every rose—whether planted in-ground or in a container, established or less than 2 years old.
I have posted accolades about your product on a rose gardening facebook page that I am a member of for awhile now, most recently today. I do push your product because I know the struggle rose gardeners have finding something to combat pests and disease that will not do unintended damage. I have looked for years to find that in a drench so I don’t have to work around weather, or start spraying after dusk, which means after dinner (and more to the point, after wine), only to have the rain wash it all away.
Here is a photo of just one of my roses who’s condition has been much improved by your product. It was so defoliated and leggy from blackspot that I came very close to shovel pruning it at the end of last year. You see it here in its second flush of blooms this season—it has never performed like this before. It is Sunshine Daydream planted in 2016 in an oak barrel (old whiskey cask.)