Knockout Rose buds snipped off

Asked June 12, 2017, 9:28 AM EDT

Have three knockout roses planted this spring. New buds appear but then are snipped off almost like you had cut them with trimmers. New leaves appear OK. Have been spraying with rose insecticide. No insects seen around or on plants. Any ideas? Deer, rabbits, bugs? Many thanks!

Jefferson County Kentucky

1 Response

That does indeed sound like the damage that deer can do when feeding in urban areas. Deer frequently eat rose blooms, usually taking the rose in a single bite leaving a bare stem.

If deer continue to be a problem use deterrents (odor based repellents) or fence the area to exclude the animals, if practical. For more information on deer control:

Feel free to contact our office if you have other questions.

Let me know if I can help you further!

Carol Wilder
Horticulture Technician
Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service
200 Juneau Drive
Louisville KY 40243