OMG! What happened here??

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It just looks like I just can't win when it comes to roses. I bought this shrub rose about 3 weeks ago, re-potted it and watered it. Not long afterwards some bug eaten demon started eating holes in the leaves immediately!
I tried treating it with an non-chemical spray that some said bugs won't like...garlic, red pepper, and dish soap, this did not help...the bugs kept chewing. During some more of my research I also read that roses liked epsom salt...gave it less than a half cup.
Now I'm stumped! Roses look worst than ever!!! I'm thinking my rose had some sort of fungal attack before I added the Epsom salt.... I'm just loss .And yes as some of you know by now that I'm a black thumb! Thanks for your input.
q how to keep bugs away from outdoor plants, gardening, pest control, bugs were eating holes all in it so I treated it with a DYI bug spray Than a week later I gave them Epsom salt
bugs were eating holes all in it so I treated it with a DYI bug spray. Than a week later I gave them Epsom salt.
q how to keep bugs away from outdoor plants, gardening, pest control, What is happening here this is my rose a week after I added Espom salt
What is happening here? this is my rose a week after I added Espom salt..
q how to keep bugs away from outdoor plants, gardening, pest control, What in the world whats happening This is a week after I added Epsom salt However the leaves were starting to look strange before I added the salt but now they are even worse
What in the world? whats happening! This is a week after I added Epsom salt. However the leaves were starting to look strange before I added the salt...but now they are even worse!
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  • Lori Vicknair Lori Vicknair on Jun 05, 2015
    When watering the rose bush do you hit the leaves with water? If so it might be your problem. I've learned that the hard way, but mine just turned yellow (the leaves) and died and the roses are fine.
  • Northern Lights Northern Lights on Jun 05, 2015
    There are all-in-one granular products that will fertilize, combat insects and fungus. They are applied once every 8 weeks. .Look for Bayer or Ortho. They are sold in many places. You may also want to get a pre-mixed liquid spray for roses to go with it so you can get that plant back to health. Try to water early so the leaves are try by evening.
  • Elaine Simmons Elaine Simmons on Jun 06, 2015
    Looks like you have black spot disease. Here is a link showing it. http://www.rosemagazine.com/articles02/pages/blackspot.asp Next time you buy roses, buy some that are not susceptible to blackspot (like Knockout roses) They bloom all summer and never get blackspot.
  • Therese Ryan-Haas Therese Ryan-Haas on Jun 06, 2015
    Well your pictures are not very clear. But I would rule out Black spot. Because it is just that. Black spots on leaves. Yours are completely dying back. You said you used Epsom salt? How exactly? It is best mixed with water and sprayed on the leaves. Did you just place on soil? I would run water thru the pot for about 20 min. This should flush out excess salt. If the roots didn't get burned to badly it should come back in a month or so. Place in full sun and let get dry between watering. Good luck.
    • Vetsy Vetsy on Jun 06, 2015
      @Therese Ryan-Haas Yes Therese i read that I could place it on the soil..I'm going to remove the dead leaves and run water thru as suggested...Thank you.
  • Therese Ryan-Haas Therese Ryan-Haas on Jun 06, 2015
    Oh and here is a site with tips for diagnosing roses problems . http://www.olyrose.org/pests.htm
  • Gigi Gigi on Jun 06, 2015
    you also said you repotted it. plants need time to bounce back. I use Epsom salts all the time. I just throw a small handful on the ground and wait for rain. the bush probably had some issues before you bought it...how root bound was it? maybe the roots needed space.
    • Vetsy Vetsy on Jun 06, 2015
      @Gigi Yes it's a possibility that it had some issues before I bought it. I wasn't root bound ed and was quite pretty when I purchased it.. ..But a few weeks at home...and BAM!!! I starting having all kinds of problems with it. I'm happy to know that you've have had some success with the Epsom salt. Thank you for your input.
  • Sawfly larva has been a big problem this year in Metro Atlanta gardens. That could be what is eating your rose leaves. So far I have not seen Japanese beetles around yet, but the kudzu bugs are appearing on my wisteria now. I love roses so I do not hold back on the heavy warfare. I use Bayer 3 in 1 on my and my clients roses during the growing season, and the past 4 years this has been sufficient. The leaves do not have blackspot. Is it possible that some over spray from a chemical spray got them?
    • Vetsy Vetsy on Jun 11, 2015
      @Flowerscapes Garden Design & Landscaping I think it's possible that my garlic spray burned the crape! out of them... Thank you so much for your input.