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Must I give up my roses?                                  

At a recent rose show an active exhibitor from our area told me, “If I get rose rosette in my garden, I’ll pull up all my roses!”  That attitude doesn't make any sense to me.  He later told us that someone in his subdivision had lost all their roses to RRD.  They didn't know the disease was nearby and tolerated sick roses for one year; the second year, was total destruction.

In our area (USDA zones 6 and 7) many of us expect to loose some roses over winter.  Deer, canker, winter kill, even rodent damage can lead to rose loss.  Loss of plants to Rose Rosette does not need to be excessive and rogueing out healthy roses isn't called for.  In our area weekly or biweekly spraying for blackspot is a way of life for many;  incorporating a search for signs of rose rosette is easily included in that stroll through the garden, fungicides in tow, and can do a lot to save a garden.

Just as each gardener needs to watch for fungal diseases and insect problems, so monitering a garden for early signs of RRD becomes a part of life and death in a rose garden.  When the sick plants are identified early and removed, life and the enjoyment of roses can go on and RRD losses can be kept low.                                                     
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