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The Mite Destroying Our Plants

Rose rosette disease is a virus spread by a very small mite. Symptoms include a thickened, abnormally thorny stem, crinkled & shortened red leaves. Multiple reddened stems growing out of one node leading to a bunching/dense cluster is an indicator of the virus.

Plant health is important to Maas Verde and our clients and this disease is lethal to roses and there is no known cure. The rosette virus is transmitted by a small mite, which can hop from plant to plant with the help of wind.  Because the virus is systematic, so the best way to combat the virus and to prevent the spread is to remove the infected roses as early as possible.  

So when we removed the infected plants we made sure to clean our tools with bleach to prevent further infection.  We removed the entire root ball. Because of these efforts, we were able to slow the spread of the virus

Posted November 20, 2020

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