Find Out Why Roses Love Garlic

Garlic protects roses from bad bugs - and it can also help prevent fungal diseases like blackspot.

Pairing roses with garlic doesn’t sound like a match made in heaven, does it?  But, it really is. Garlic protect roses from not only bad bugs – it can also help prevent fungal diseases.

Aphids DON’T love garlic – in fact, they hate it! Ants and snails aren’t huge fans of garlic either.  In addition, studies show that garlic has anti-fungal properties, which helps keep fungal diseases like blackspot at bay.

Courtesy Noelle Johnson

Whether or not you still have roses blooming or not – fall is the time to plant garlic next to your roses.

Planting garlic is very easy.   You can get your garlic from the produce section at your local grocery store. Roses don’t care about fancy varieties of garlic.

Simply separate the the individual cloves and space 4 inches apart about 1 ft. from the base of your rose bush. Dig a 1 1/2 inch deep hole (I use a regular spoon for this) and plant with the pointed part of the clove pointing upward.

That’s it! I told you it was easy.

Soon your garlic will send up green shoots. They will stay green in warm-winter areas and die back to the ground in cold areas – don’t worry, they will quickly send up new shoots in spring.

Harvest your garlic in late spring or summer once the green leaves start to brown. You can even use the garlic for cooking* after it has ‘cured’ for a few weeks.

*Only use your garlic for cooking as long as you have NOT treated your roses with any pesticides (other then insecticidal soap, which is OK).

Besides helping to keep aphids away fungal diseases away, garlic is said to increase the fragrance of roses, according to The Herb Society of America.

So, next time you head out to the store – grab some garlic and plant them around your roses. They really are the perfect match.

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Noelle Johnson
Noelle Johnson is a horticulturist and certified arborist who lives and gardens in the desert Southwest. When she is not writing or helping other people with their gardens, you can find her growing fruits and vegetables, and planting flowering shrubs and maybe a cactus or two.