Dear Pharm Solutions Inc.,
thought I would share with you some of my experiences and observations after using Rose Pharm for the past 8 weeks. When I began growing roses, 18 years ago, I quickly acquired ------plants and over the past 5 years have downsized to only 65 remaining.
I sell my blooms commercially to florists, so, yield, quality of bloom and foliage are very important.
I started the season spraying Trifori and Aliette in April for three applications and still found some tainted (blackspot) lower leaves after my three TOXIC sprays. In early May I applied Rose Pharm concentrate for the first time. In this spraying I included some Bacillus Thuringiensis to fight the worms. It usually takes several applications of BT during a 10-14 day period to completely eliminate worms. This time, they never reappeared after the first spraying with Rose Pharm ! Interestingly, I miscalculated the dilution amount and have only used 11/4 cups of Rose Pharm Concentrate to 2 gallons of water.
I have watched as the purply-red downy mildew spores blacken and die; have had NO BLACKSPOT & the leaves appear greener, shinier and happier after each application of Rose Pharm. Amazingly the deer and rabbits have not touched my roses!
The thrip population is reduced by 4/5ths and I have just started an experiment, spraying just the buds with a dilution of one cup of concentrate to one gallon of water, every three days. I will let you know how this works out.
I have seen lady bugs, green lace wings, green lace wing larvae, maiden bugs and praying mantis on the rose bushes in small quantities, as they are probably not finding much to eat.. I have also watched the little leaf cutter bees move from leaf to leaf without a single bite.
Blackspot, downy mildew, thrips, and deer damage are my biggest challenges and so far, with a weekly application of Rose Pharm things are looking VERY ENCOURAGING ! Added to that comes the pleasure of spraying without having to wear a ventilator mask and gloves.
I especially love the consistently healthy looking foliage which normally looks a little less happy after each application of toxic chemicals.
I shall re-contact you with an insect and fungus update in the fall. So far, I AM THRILLED !
American Rose Society Member