Roses are very susceptible to three diseases. The most common ailments
include Black Spot, Powdery and Downy Mildews, and Rose Rust. These
are all fungus infections which can be readily treated with fungicides. It
is important to apply fungicides at the first signs of disease,
or in advance of hot and humid weather when diseases are most likely
Disease prevention is an important part of your care and maintenance
program. Promoting strong and healthy plants aids them in fighting diseases.
Here are the simple steps of disease prevention:
Promote strong plants and healthy growth through proper use of
fertilizer and providing ample water.
Prune your bushes regularly to provide good air circulation.
Whenever possible, apply water to the roots,
avoiding water on the leaves if possible.
Vigilantly remove old and weak leaves and stems.
Keep a watchful eye on other other flower and vegetable plants in your yard
that may get a disease first, and create a breeding ground that
spreads to your rose bushes.
Treat rose bushes for insects, as they are often carriers of plant disease.
Plant roses in sunny areas, when possible.
Once disease has paid a visit to your rose garden, it is important to
address it quickly. Fungicides are effective in treating most disease. If
you don't catch it early, it is more difficult to control and eliminate.
Your plants will be weakened by the assault. Weak plants spend their energy
on survival, fighting the disease and the rebuilding stems and leaves. Last
on the list at this time is producing new flowers.
Make sure to remove any dead and seriously infested leaves and stems.
It is better to remove affected leaves, and allow the plant to focus it's
energy on fighting disease in a smaller area, and to build new
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