Asked on Aug 10, 2013

Protect from Cane Borers - Tree Kote or ?

Tanya Peterson FelsheimRaedJill


I have a big issue with cane borers in my area and the roses. I use Tree Kote to protect the pruned ends. But it makes such a mess - and so hard to work with. It seems after using the bottle 3 or 4 times the lid becomes impossible to open.
I have read that people use nail polish - and I did try wood glue one year - that did not work so well.
Anyone use the nail polish? Does it have to be a clear?
I know there are other products on the market - none of the Garden Centers here really recommend them -
So I am looking for less messy, easier (yet effecive) method of protecting the canes after pruning.
Appreciate any feedback and suggestions,
Typical Tree Kote for pruned rose. Looking for less messy, easier (yet effecive) method.
5 answers
  • Catherine Smith
    on Aug 11, 2013

    I use Elmer's Glue. It dries transparent, but leaves the cut sealed.

  • Therese Ryan-Haas
    on Aug 12, 2013

    I would suggest trying some Vaseline on rim of jar. would keep stuff from sticking to it. and if I recall from hort cass, cane borer like canes to be as wide as your thumb. just keep those prunes down should help.

  • Jill
    on Aug 12, 2013

    I have never seen them go after roses, but since roses will grow from that area again I would not recommend using tree kote. Maybe you can try using something less permanent until the rose bush can heal itself, like dripping on candle wax. If you are going to use super glue, try using one that is a gel and comes out really thick, like Loctite. Best of luck!

  • Raed
    on Aug 12, 2013

    You can use the wax..keep the end of canes dry..

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim
    on Aug 13, 2013

    Been wondering this myself...the borer's go after my very old tea roses and floribunda's. Tried several things to keep them away but with them being so old not much I can do when it comes to trimming and having thick canes. I think they need to be moved but not sure they will survive the move as they have been up against the house for 25 years and have become accustomed to the spot--if I don't prune them way down they would want to grow to the top of my roof line!

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