Carmine rose
Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas

How do I get rid of black spot on roses?

Follow these tips to reduce unsightly black spot on your roses

Black spot is a fungal disease exacerbated by warm, wet weather.

You will need:

  • secateurs
  • Rose Clear

The symptoms are black spots on the leaves, which eventually fall off, and the stems. This leaves the plant weakened.



The spores are spread by water so don’t water overhead, water at the base of the plant, as watering overhead just spreads the spores from the top of the plant to lower down.

If you only have a slight infestation, pull the infected leaves off and destroy them by burning or putting in the grey bin. Spray with a fungicide such as Rose Clear to try and prevent it recurring; it won’t cure once you have the disease.

If the plant is badly affected cut out any stems, with infected leaves or patches on the stems, back to a node further down the stem.

Try and prevent the infection by tidying away any leaves in the autumn and destroying. Spray with a fungicide in late spring/early summer to try and prevent infection.

There are some rose varieties which are more resistant than others, but this will only be for a few years as more varied black spot strains arise.