I want to give you all a few tips if you all have Rose bushes and how to treat them. Although we appreciate your business and we would like to install your plants in the Birmingham area we also understand that there are many of you out there that would like to tackle some of these projects on your own. So for those of you out there that have a green thumb here are a few good tips that you can take with you to help out your gardening endeavors. Or for those of you in the area that would just like for my team to help you out then my contact information is listed above.
Rose Rosette Disease-What You Should Know
Rose lovers everywhere have been enchanted by the strength and beauty of Knockout roses. Generally known to be hearty and resistant to many diseases affecting other roses, even knockout roses are contracting a disease known as Rose Rosette disease, also known as Witches Broom.
What is “Witches Broom” in Roses?
Witches Broom is more formally called Rose Rosette disease. It is actually a virus which is carried between bushes by tiny mites. Once infected, a rose bush doesn’t stand a chance. The only course of action to keep it from infecting your whole rose garden is to dig up the afflicted bush before the mites have a chance to spread the disease.
What does Witches Broom Look Like?
The leaves and foliage of an affected bush become gnarled and distorted and change to a reddish or purplish color. The leaves become slimmer and curled, and the blooms fail to open fully and begin to resemble rosettes, hence the name Rose Rosette disease. The bush develops thick canes with fast growing shoots, and thorns may be larger than usual. The whole bush looks corrupted.
What Causes Witches Broom?
Rose Rosette disease is caused by a virus carried by tiny mites. They are much smaller than the mites one normally sees on plants. Pesticides are not effective in killing this type of mite. Once a bush is infected, the mites will carry the virus from one rose bush to the next.
What Can You Do?
Unfortunately, since pesticides don’t work, there is nothing you can do to keep the mites from invading your flowerbed; however, you can keep them from spreading the virus further once you do see signs of the disease. The best thing to do when you see a bush with Rose Rosette is to dig the entire bush out of the soil quickly, before the mites have a chance to infect other plants. The infected plant will eventually die anyway, but by quickly removing it and the surrounding soil from the area, you can lessen the chances of losing other rose bushes as well. You should then burn the bush and the surrounding soil since mites also tend to live in the soil.