Question About New Kind of Rose Mite
I was at a well known daylily farm yesterday - the owner is a good friend of mine and he keeps current on all kinds of plants. He mentioned a new kind of rose mite [not a spider mite] that is on the east coast and is killing alot of the Knockout roses and other kinds as well, other than the old garden roses. He didnt know the name of it, only that there is no cure for it at the moment. It sounds very bad....I have heard nothing about it and was wondering if anyone has heard anything about this. We had been discussing rust in daylilies - this never heard of in years past - dayliliy folliage was always healthy - now we are fighting rust in these plants and it is everywhere. With the mild winter, he said the northern growers are going to be seeing more of it and research is being done to erradicate it. There is a product but its very expensive and unless shared, is prohibitive for the hobby grower. I am hoping there is not a pest on the horizon that is going to be this destructive for rose growers.