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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Apr 17, 2014 4:35 PM CST
Hello,
Just this week I noticed that the wild blackberries which grow in our yard have bright orange rust on the leaves. We do not grow any other type of berries in our yard; this is only on the wild ones. I am reading that I need to dig up each and every plant and destroy them. (Big, big job!)
While I am busy digging, is there anything (bee-safe) I can/should/might spray to slow down the ripening process of this disease before it spews out to infect more plants?

Thanks; I would be grateful for any advice you can offer...unless you'd rather bring a shovel to help!

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Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Apr 17, 2014 7:25 PM CST
Seeing as how the plants are systemically infected and you can't get rid of it, I would just strip the leaves off and place them in a sealed plastic bag for disposal. No need to worry about reinfection via the wounds you produce because they are already infected. Or perhaps simpler yet, just cut them down and burn or dispose of the branches.

P.S. Nice pics of developing rust pustules!
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Apr 17, 2014 7:31 PM CST
Thank You! Gosh, no one has ever complimented my pustules before; I am flattered! Rolling on the floor laughing

Guess I know what I will be busy doing this weekend. Thanks.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Rabbit Keeper Critters Allowed Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages
Herbs Region: Georgia Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Composter
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greene
Apr 17, 2014 7:54 PM CST
Thanks to @Leftwood, I added the word 'systemic' to my keyword search and found this:

http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=7277
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"

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