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My Experience with Rose Rosette Disease

By gemini_sage
April 27, 2015

I moved to my current home 8 years ago, and I brought almost every plant from my garden with me, including about 50 roses. It was an exciting time, as I had lived in a wooded, shady hollow, and I was happy to give so many sun-loving plants an appropriate home. I had chosen rose varieties for shade tolerance and disease resistance, because I knew the shade and moisture would be inviting for fungal diseases. Although we experienced a terrible drought that year, the roses did respond well to the sunny, open environment, and they settled in nicely in spite of the dry growing season.

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hazelnut
Apr 28, 2015 8:10 AM CST
I lost all my roses due to a workman who removed their water source. I have been trying to replant, but hesitated because of the threat of Rose Rosette disease. I will procede cautiously and be on the watch for spider mites. thanks for the article.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Apr 28, 2015 8:27 AM CST
Keep in mind, spider mites aren't the carrier, the specific mites that carry the virus are not as easily detectable as spider mites (no webs, and they are smaller). Have you seen RRD in your area?
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
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tcs1366
Apr 28, 2015 12:51 PM CST
Neal -- years back, maybe 08 or 09, my neighbor asked me about her roses -- so I snapped a few images and posted them on DG for identification. It came as as Rosette Disease. I told my neighbor exactly what I was told, even printed her the comments - of disposing of the plants and even going so far to get rid of the soil. She ignored my information and eventually all her plants were infected. [thankfully mine were on the other side of the house and were fine.]

about 3 yrs ago, they moved, leaving the roses behind. I do believe the new neighbors have since removed all the plants.

7 months ago, I moved ... My current home has Knock Out, which I don't refer -- but they are blooming. Now that I know what to look for -- I will certaily keep an eye out.

Terese
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Apr 28, 2015 4:12 PM CST
Terese, non gardeners are often less likely to take it seriously- that is very troubling. I communicated with a lady on another site who had a terrible time with neighbors that wouldn't do anything about the infected plants in their landscape. Makes me so glad I don't have neighbors nearby.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi

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