Rose Rosette Disease Workshop
Monday, August 21, 2017 12:00 – 4:00 PM
The Garden Center at Jacob Loose Memorial Park
5200 Pennsylvania Avenue; Kansas City, MO
In recent years rose growers and horticultural enthusiasts in the Kansas City region have become aware of the increased prevalence of Rose Rosette disease also known as Witches’ Broom of Rose in the local rose population. First appearing in the area in the late 1990’s, this disease is found in plants in the Rosa genus and is transmitted by a small mite that travels passively through the wind or from contaminated clothing or equipment. It is recognizable through the appearance of red pigmentation of the underside of leaf veins and followed by sharply increased growth of vegetative shoots which are typically more succulent than normal and colored in various shades of red, deformed foliage and blooms, and increased prickles. Plants that contract the disease are usually killed within two to five years. There are ways in which the disease can be managed and much of this is contingent upon how roses are used in the design of ornamental landscapes and how they are maintained once installed.
The American Rose Society has identified Rose Rosette Disease as the greatest threat to the future of commercial and recreational growth and enjoyment of roses. As part of its mission to promote interest in roses and rose gardening, the Kansas City Rose Society wants to encourage local rose enthusiasts and green industry professionals to keep growing roses, but stay informed about how to recognize and manage this disease once it is discovered. As part of this mission, the Kansas City Rose Society, in conjunction with the Mid America Green Industry Council, will present an informational workshop for green industry professionals, landscape architects and designers and ARS Consulting Rosarians about the disease. This workshop will feature three nationally recognized experts in the study of the disease in order to provide attendees with the most current research and management practices on Rose Rosette.
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