Arizona West Valley Rose Society - Bosch AXT 25 TC

Thank you for visiting the ARIZONA WEST VALLEY ROSE SOCIETY website
Public always WELCOME

Landscape Mart
8028 W Thunderbird Rd
Peoria, AZ 85381

Every meeting has a scheduled program to help educate the membership and guests in attendance. There is never a charge to attend the meeting as a guest so feel to join us! (No regular meetings in June, July and August)
President - Steve Carls

ASK Christina any questions you have about roses or contact any or our other consulting rosarians- Christina Ropeter - Goodyear

Consulting Rosarians

Arizona West Valley Rose Society boasts a number of Consulting Rosarians on its roster. Each of these Rosarians is pledged to help the rest of us grow roses well. Please feel free to contact any of them with questions or concerns about roses.

Terry & Heidi Leavitt, North Phoenix

Nelson Mitchell, Peoria,

Christina Ropeter, Goodyear

Lauren Toth, Peoria,

Mike & Luz Wilson, Phoenix,

Jack McClure, Peoria,

Scottsdale Rose Society Queen of Show, St Patrick, by Mike and Luz Wilson
Larry Bell, Ahwatukee, 480-706-9667

John & Frances Buchanan, Sun City West, 623-546-6873

Jeannie Cochell, NE Phoenix, 602-363-6444

Cindy & Mike Jepsen, Tempe, 480-921-0231

Calendar of Events


Oct 13-16, 2021 - ARS National Rose Show and Convention Los Angeles, CA

Oct 21-22, 2021 - WVRS Garage Sale at Wilson's

Nov 8th 2021 - Meeting 7pm Landscape Mart
Speaker: TBA

Nov 19th 2021 - MEVRS Rose Show Mesa Community College

Nov 26th 2021 -West Valley Rose Show

Dec 3rd 2021 -
All AZ Rose Societies Banquet and Show Scottsdale Plaza Resort
see Steve Carls for tickets and details

No regular meeting in December
We will be having a holiday Pot Luck dinner instead at Landscape Mart date and time TBA contact Steve Carls


Why Join WVRS?

Membership Dues are $20 annually per family ($15 if over age 55)....a bargain in today's world, that's for sure!

If you would like more information about Bosch AXT 25 TC, please contact Phil Nordberg, our Membership Chairman, at 602-821-7900 and he'll be happy to answer your questions and send you an application. You are also welcome to come to one of our monthly meetings and check us out and join then if you prefer. Either way, come and see what all the excitement is about!
Once a member of the West Valley Rose Society, you will be part of a community that enjoys roses in many different ways. You can learn how to:

  1. grow beautiful roses
  2. show off the fruits of your labor
  3. arrange your roses
  4. photograph your roses
  5. socialize with other rose enthusiasts
    There are Consulting Rosarians in our society that come to meetings to answer your questions and concerns about roses. Did you know that the rose is our National Floral Emblem?

Rose Show Information

Saturday Nov. 26, 2021

Arizona State University (ASU)
West Campus
4701 W. Thunder
bird Road
Phoenix, AZ 85306

Between 43rd and 51st
Ave on Thunderbird Road in Glendale, AZ

WVRS rose show
Schedule coming this summer

Local Rose Info

Spider Mites

With summer comes spider mites. One of the tell tale signs is lace wings. In the larval stage lacewings are ferocious feeders, and consume large numbers of a wide variety of small insects including aphids, whiteflies, thrips, mealybugs, psyllids, mites, small caterpillars, leafhoppers, as well as moth and other insect eggs.

If you have lace wings this time of year with the heat you most likely have spider mites. Don’t count on the lace wings to consume the spider mites, get out there and hose off your roses with a very strong spray of water underneath and on top every day for a week.

If you don’t have time to do this; you’re going out of town, you're work schedule
is too busy, etc, then definitely spray your roses with a miticide.

We use
Floramite SC ( 1 quart)

Now this fantastic miticide/ovicide is available in a soluble concentrate. The best miticide we have ever used. Available at

Rosemania also has other quality miticides, but we have found this one superior and it protects for 21 days.

As with all chemicals, use according to package directions and wear appropriate spray clothing and respirator.

Rosemania’s website also has a spray chart that breaks down all their chemicals per gallon dose. Print off one and put it in plastic where you store
your chemicals.

Roses will defoliate, if spider mites take hold, they will probably make it, and you might lose a few sun burnt canes, but it this happens in your garden be sure to poor the water on during the recovery and whatever you do, DO NOT FEED YOUR ROSES WITH ANY FERTILIZERS, NEVER FEED A STRESSED PLANT!!!!

Rose Disease

Downy Mildew

By Gary A. Ritchie, Ph.D.
Consulting Rosarian, Olympia Rose Society

Downy mildew is a bad actor. A very bad actor. Most rose diseases we struggle with here in the Northwest only weaken and disfigure plants, but downy mildew kills them. And it kills very rapidly. I have seen reports of rose bushes being wiped out within a few days following attack by downy mildew. It is also contagious rapidly spreading to adjacent bushes under proper conditions. So, while downy mildew is a disease you wont see often, the prudent gardener will nevertheless learn to recognize it and to take immediate action when it appears.

Downy mildew affects many types of plants, being a major pathogen of onions, cucurbits, alfalfa, soybeans, and grapes. Virtually all varieties of roses are also susceptible to the disease. Some are more susceptible than others. Several years ago I was unlucky enough to see downy mildew in my own rose garden, but it seriously affected only one variety Liverpool Echo. Other surrounding varieties appeared unaffected.

Downy mildew is a disease of early spring. It is particularly virulent in those unusually cool springs when the weather remains moist, cold, and overcast for a prolonged period. The fungal organism that causes downy mildew, Peronospora sparsa Berk., cannot survive when the humidity drops below about 85% and/or the temperature exceeds about 810F. Therefore, you will almost never see it in summer. Spore germination, hence infection, is most effective when the temperature is around 650F.

The most striking symptom of downy mildew is spectacular leaf drop. An infected bush can almost completely defoliate within days. Upon closer inspection of the plant, you will note that the younger leaves exhibit dark, purplish angular blotches on their upper, but not lower, surfaces. These blotches tend to follow the leaf veins. The surrounding leaf tissues are often yellowish or light green, and the leaf petioles may be red. In severe cases, purplish lesions may also develop on the canes. White powdery conidia and conidiophores sometimes, but not always, form on the undersides of the leaves.

The keys to identifying downy mildew, then, are: (1) rapid and alarming early spring leaf drop, (2) dark, purplish, angular (not rounded) blotches on only the upper surface of the leaves, and (3) occasionally, a white powdery material on only the lower leaf surfaces.

Okay, if you see downy mildew on your roses (pray that you dont) what do you do about it? The most important thing is to act quickly a few days hesitation on your part can mean life or death for your rose plants. Fortunately, we have a product that is effective against downy mildew. Aliette,. By Bayer, is an inorganic aluminum phosphate (fosetyol-AL) that not only kills the fungus on contact, but is also taken up by the plant and translocated through its vascular system to provide a level of systemic protection. When using this product be aware that you cannot mix it with other chemicals and you should not use a spreader-sticker with it.

When using any garden chemical, be certain to read and follow all label instructions. In the longer term, good sanitation (removal of leaves in autumn) can prevent carry-over of the organisms from year to year. All infected plant parts should be removed from the garden and destroyed. Once the disease has been eradicated, the rescued plants should recover fully and do not need to be removed.

Link to photos and information about downy mildew on Roses from Oregon State Extension Service.
Link to Baldo Villegas Web Page with more information about Blackspot, Downy Mildew and Antracnose.

If you have any questions feel free to contact
Terry and Heidi Leavitt