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It’s not Halloween yet, but one trip to your garden may convince you otherwise. There is a disease that has been attacking and destroying rose gardens in North Texas. What once were beautiful rose bushes are now being turned into spindly, ugly messes. It’s almost as though a wicked witch has cast a spell over our roses.
This disease is known as rose rosette disease. It is also commonly known as witch’s broom because of the large generation of mangled shoots resembling an upside-down broom.
Common Rose Rosette Symptoms
This rose disease was discovered on wild roses in California and Wyoming in the early 1940’s. Since then, the disease has traveled across the country in the Midwest and Southern states. Research has found the cause to be a tiny eriophyid mite, called Phyllocoptes Fructiphilus. The mite travels the land by attaching itself to an insect or by air currents. Once the virus has landed on your Texas roses, symptoms can start within 90 days and kill within two to three years.
The biggest problem facing homeowners, gardeners, and florists is that there is no cure for the disease (at the time of this article). Here are our recommendations if you see the virus on your Texas roses.
Lastly, we ask that you help raise awareness in your community. Share this post. Talk to your friends and neighbors. The sooner we all address the problem, the better chance we have of keeping our Texas roses around.
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