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Get Rid Of Rose Fungi

May 4, 2008
Many diseases that roses get are caused by fungus that attacks your roses. However, I do have some good news for you, no matter what kind of fungi is damaging your roses the treatments are all pretty much the same.

There are many things you can do to keep the fungi away from your roses and to make sure that your roses do not attracted the fungi. One way is to actually water the soil instead of the plant it self. Fungi are attracted to any water that is one the plant itself, which means the leaves, stems and petals should stay dry if at all possible. You should check your roses on a regular basis to be sure that the canes are not exposed because fungi can make an easy home of an exposed cane.

You should keep the area around the base of the plant clean from any fallen dead leaves and petals. If you suspect that any blooms, leaves or canes have been infected with fungi they should be removed promptly. Once they are removed they should be disposed of properly so no other plants are exposed to it. You can throw them away or you can burn them and never throw them in your compost pile, this can make matters worse.

There are a few different ways to tell if your rose plant has fungi growth. The fungus Diplocarpon rosae causes the fungal disease known as Black spot. Rightfully named, this fungus starts with little black spots on the leaves surrounded by yellow halos. This fungus can eventually cause complete defoliation. The fungus is spread by splashing water and can

Powdery Mildew is also a kind of fungi that attacks rose plants. Because of this fungus, young leaves can curl up and die while young canes may not grow as full as they should. Powdery Mildew is very easy to spot and it looks just like it sounds. It is a powdery white film that coats petals, stems and leaves. This Powdery Mildew can spread very quickly during humid days.

The fungus Botrytis Blight mainly affects the flower buds. Buds can decay badly and eventually die. The fungus is grayish-black in color and the lesion will grow below the bloom's head. You need to cut off and remove any decaying or dead blossoms to prevent the spread of the fungus.

Rust is another type of fungus and yes it looks just like the rust that you see on metal that has been sitting out in the weather for a long time. Rust will first appear on the underside of the leaves and if left untreated the spots of orange and brown will begin to develop on the top surface of the leaves.

The last fungus we will discuss is the Brown Canker Fungus. This fungus can appear and attack any part of the plant that is above the ground. The worst that can happen is that the fungus will kill the plant, which is exactly what you do not want to happen. If you see purple or red spots on new canes or gray-white lesions on older canes you very well may be dealing with the Brown Canker fungus.

If you discover that your roses are already infected with fungi you should try to remove any infected leaves, blooms and canes. You could spray with a fungicide. You can purchase this at your garden center or make up your own homemade version. A mixture of water, baking soda and dish washing soap very good at curing fungus issues.
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