Rose – Mosaic Virus

Q: This is a rose problem I had last year. Do you know what it is or how to treat it?

A: It’s rose mosaic virus.

Like human viruses, there is no cure for plant diseases caused by a virus. A plant virus is spread by insects.

Your problem could even have come with the rose when you purchased it.

The cure for rose mosaic virus is severe: pull up and destroy the plant. Nothing you can do will bring it back to health. The longer you keep it in your garden, the longer time insects have to infect other roses in the neighborhood.

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