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Jun 9, 2020 6:16 AM CST
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Hickory, North Carolina
I searched the Q&A for info about roses reverting, however the issue I have seems to be a bit different than a root stock sucker or shoots not being pruned out. What I have is rose bushes that are only about 3 years old and suddenly (just since this spring) I have shoots growing out of the ends of cut stems (where faded blooms have been removed or stems trimmed)...and these shoots are vigorous growers and very fleshy. They do not harden up and they produce a leaf and rose that looks like something out of Chernobyl. I let a couple bloom to see what I got but then cut them all off. The leaves are almost red and the blooms look shredded at the edges. They break off very easily at the attachment point on a stem and they come back practically overnight. What are my options to save my original plants or am I in a rose Waterloo? (and no, I'm not close to a wind turbine or nuclear plant. lol )thanks, Jim
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Jun 9, 2020 6:51 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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Could be herbicide damage or rose rosette virus. A picture would help.
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Jun 9, 2020 7:15 AM CST
Name: Luis
Hurst, TX, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
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Symptoms include witches' brooms, excessive thorniness, enlarged canes, malformed leaves and flowers are associated with this disease.

Go to the link below, scroll down and browse the video clip titled "Do your roses have RRD?".
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Jun 16, 2020 6:41 PM CST
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Hickory, North Carolina
Thanks for the response Thank You! (s). I have looked at the RRD video and done some subsequent reading...and I think you hit the dx on the I'll treat the plants as if that's the ill. I've ordered some bifenthrin..but I"m open to other ideas as to how to move forward. I have lost only one plant so far, and I'm gonna put up a good fight to save the rest.
Jun 16, 2020 7:45 PM CST
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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If it is RRD your best choice of action is to remove it immediately! The disease is spread by wind borne mites so tiny you can not see them without magnification. RRD is always fatal. Leaving it in your garden only increases your chances of other roses in your garden getting the disease. It also increases the chances of it spreading to neighboring areas. Prompt action is the best way to go.

Cover the plant with a plastic bag and dig it out, seal the bag and put it in the TRASH! Do not compost or put it in yard waste pick up and do not burn it. That will only spread the disease further. There is NO cure! If it is in one area of the plant it is in the entire plant.
Jun 16, 2020 7:48 PM CST
Name: Seth n Sam .....
W.V. (Zone 6a)
You should post a picture so some of the master Rosians can see it. To determine if its RRD. Bc if it is. It needs to completely removed. As stated above.
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