Rose Diseases (Greenhouse)

Informational table showing disease name, symptoms, pathogen/cause, and management of Rose Diseases (Greenhouse) diseases.
Disease Symptoms Pathogen/Cause Management
Anthracnose Dark purple to black spots are bordered by a narrow, dull brown band. Centers of spots turn grey and fall out. Spots form on canes, similar to leaf spots. Sphaceloma rosarum Maintain good sanitation. Black spot control procedures (below) also control anthracnose.
Black Spot Brown to black round spots with feathery edges form on leaves. Leaves yellow and fall. Small, purplish spots form on canes. Diplocarpon rosae Remove infected canes. Remove and destroy fallen leaves. Water in a manner that keeps foliage surfaces dry. Apply one of the following to protect new foliage: chlorothalonil, propiconazole, neem oil, mancozeb, thiophanate methyl, thiophanate methyl + mancozeb, chlorothalonil + thiophanate methyl, copper hydroxide, ziram, captan, trifloxystrobin, or triforine. Triadimefon can stunt some cultivars.
Botrytis Blight Small water-soaked lesions form on petals. Gray fungal growth covers infected petals. Stubs left after harvest become infected. The fungus then moves down to girdle the cane. Botrytis cinerea Space plants and provide ventilation to avoid excessively high humidity. Remove fading flowers and yellowing leaves. Apply chlorothalonil, dichloran, trifloxystrobin, fenhexamid, iprodione, or azoxystrobin to protect healthy tissue. Heat and ventilate to maintain low humidity.
Cankers Reddish-brown spots on canes turn light to dark brown and become covered with tiny black dots. Cankers girdle and kill the cane. Coniothyrium fuckelii, Cryptosporella umbrina, Coniothyrium wernsdorffiae, Cylindrocladium scoparium Do not plant stock with cankers. Removed infected canes making the cut immediately above a bud. Apply a fungicide (see black spot) after pruning. Sterilize the shears with bromine disinfestant between cuts. Maintain even soil moisture and fertilization.
Crown Gall Small white to cream-colored galls form on stems. Galls may enlarge to 6 inches in diameter. Galls can form on roots or stems. Agrobacterium tumefaciens Do not plant infected material. Steam sterilized beds where infected plants were grown. Remove and destroy infected plants. Apply Agrobacterium radiobacter to protect healthy plants.
Damping-off Cuttings fail to root, defoliate and die. Roots are killed. Pythium Pot and propagate in pasteurized media. Use clean, disinfested tools. Discard infected plants. Do not leave cuttings in mist beds for excessive periods. Pot as soon as rooted.
Downy Mildew Purplish-brown spots form on leaves. Leaves yellow and fall. Small spots or long purplish areas may form on canes and may kill twigs. Peronospora sparsa Heat and ventilate to maintain low humidity. Water in a manner that keeps leaf surfaces dry. Apply potassium phosphate, potassium salts of phosphorus acid, trifloxystrobin, mancozeb, azoxystrobin, dimethomorph, or mancozeb + thiophanate methyl.
Powdery Mildew Spots on leaves, stems and flower parts expand and become covered with white fungal growth. Small dead spots form on some cultivars. Sphaerotheca pannosa Apply chlorothalonil, propiconazole, piperalin, fenarimol, surfur, copper hydroxide, neem oil, azoxystrobin, kersoxim methyl, ziram, or triforine. Triadimefon can stunt many cultivars used in greenhouse production.
Viruses Leaves may exhibit mosaic, mottling, yellow line or ring patterns. Veins may turn yellow. Rose mosaic, mottle, yellow mosaic, ring pattern, tobacco streak, rose rosette, rose wilt, spring dwarf, color break or strawberry latent ringspot virus Destroy infected plants. Plant only healthy, virus-free plants. Maintain good insect and mite control.

Black leaf spot
Black leaf spot.



Virus symptoms
Virus symptoms.


Downy mildew
Downy mildew.

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Powdery mildew
Powdery mildew.

Active Ingredients and Trade Names of the Chemicals
FRAC Group No. Risk Level Class Active ingredient REI Restricted Entry Interval Trade names (EPA Reg. No)
1 3 Benzimidazole thiophanate methyl 12 3336 (1001-69), OHP 6672 (51036-329-59807), Fungo Flo (51036-329-59807), Systec 1998 (48234-12)
2 3 Dicarboximide iprodione 12 Chipco 26GT (100-1138), Chipco 26019 (264-481), Iprodione (51036-361), Sextant (51036-361-59807)
3 2 Pyrimidine fenarimol 12 Rubigan (62719-134)

Piperazine triforine 12 Triforine (241-355)

Triazole propiconazole 24 Banner MAXX (100-741), Propiconazole (51036-403), Spectator (62719-346-10404), Kestrel (66222-41-81943)

triadimefon 12 Strike (3125-436), Bayleton (432-1360)
Piperidine piperalin 24 Pipron (67690-1)
11 3 Strobilurin azoxystrobin 4 Heritage (10182-408)

kresoxim-methyl 12 Cygnus (7969-124)

trifloxystrobin 12 Compass (432-1371)
17 2 Hydroxyanilide fenhexamid 4 Decree (66330-35-67690)
Cinnamic acid

derivative dimethomorph 12 Stature (241-419-67690)
M 1 Phthalimide captan 96 Captan (66330-29)

Chloronitrile chlorothalonil 48 Daconil (50534-9), Exotherm Termil (70-223)

12 Echo (60063-7), PathGuard (60063-7-499), Concorde (72167-24-1812), Pegasus (72167-24-1812)

Copper, fixed copper hydroxide 48 Kocide (352-656), Champion (55146-1)

Dithiocarbamate mancozeb 24 Dithane (707-180), FORE (707-87), Pentathlon (1818-251)

manganese + zinc 24 Protect T/O (1001-65)

ziram 48 Ziram (4581-140)
U 1 Phosphite phosphorus acid salts 4 Alude (71962-1-1001)

potassium phosphate 4 Vital (42519-24)
NC 1
neem oil 4 Trilogy (70051-2), Triact (70051-2-59807)

sulfur 24 Kumulus (51036-352)

Fungicides and Fungicide Resistance Management

Certain fungicides, usually systemic fungicides, are said to be 'at risk' to the development of resistance if they are used repeatedly. See the Risk Level in the above table (1 = low risk; 3 = high risk). The Fungicide Resistance Action Committee has developed a numbering system in which chemicals with the same FRAC Group number have the same mode of action. It is recommended that chemicals at high risk be used sparingly and in rotation or mixed with chemicals with different modes of actions (different FRAC number).

Biological Control Agent (type of organism) Trade Name (EPA Reg. No.) Target pathogen
Agrobacterium radiobacter (bacterium) Galltrol A (strain 84) (40230-1) Agrobacterium tumefacians
(crown gall) Norbac 84C (strain K84) (38087-2)

Prepared by Gary W. Moorman, Professor of Plant Pathology

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