Why Worry about Rose Disease in Winter?

Photo: Mary Ann Hansen, American Nurseryman Photo: Mary Ann Hansen, American Nurseryman

Three words, Rose Rosette Disease, strike terror in the hearts of any rose aficionado. The deadliest disease affecting rose, Rose Rosette Disease, first appeared in Manitoba in 1940, arriving in the US in 1941 in Wyoming. There it apparently lingered until it arose in Nebraska — by the 1960s, it was clearly a problem for the rose industry. Now, it’s a huge problem for North Carolina gardeners. Continue…