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Rose Rosette and Mites

For the past several years North Texas has been dealing with Rose rosette disease that affects roses.  It is caused by an araphid mite that causes deformation of the plant.

Maddi Shires, a doctoral student at Texas A & M university is conducting research on Rose Rosette and is educating the public and organizations concerning this disease.

In May, Maddie came to Farmers Branch Rose Garden to demonstrate  how  to locate the mites. Members from Dallas and Denton County Master Gardeners as well as those from the Dallas Area Historical Rose Society and the Dallas Rose Society were present.  Pam Smith, the Landscape Manager from Farmers Branch gathered the supplies to test a sampling of  roses at the garden.

Starla Willis

Rose Rosette Information here.

Rose Rosette Instructions

Thank you, Maddie Shires!

Video by Starla Willis

A Gardener’s Fright

Rose Rosette, Now What


Rose Rosette Disease Research Update

Leading TAMU Plant Pathologist to Explain Rose Rosette Disease

Are your roses exhibiting odd, thorny, or twisted growth? They probably are infected with Rose Rosette Disease (RRD), a virus that has forced the removal of thousands of roses in the Dallas area. Learn what you can do to help prevent the spread of the disease at a talk by one of the leading RRD researchers, Dr. Kevin Ong, Texas A&M University associate professor and director of the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at TAMU.

The free talk will explain RRD symptoms, control, and removal of infected roses and is set for noon to 1 pm, Tuesday June 21st at the Fellowship Hall of Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Road, Dallas.

A rose trial aimed at identifying roses that are resistant to RRD was recently installed at the Raincatcher’s Garden of Midway Hills, a project of the Dallas County Master Gardeners. The DCMG volunteers are trained by TAMU AgriLife Extension Service to distribute horticultural information to the public.

Visitors are welcome to tour the Raincatcher’s Garden and the rose trial located at Midway Hills Christian Church. Reservations are not necessary. For more details, contact Elizabeth Wilkinson,

Read up on Rose Rosette Disease here.

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