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Roses > Stem > Stems swollen

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  • Image: Rose stem girdler 1
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Rose stem girdler

  • Occurs during summer
  • Clumps of leaves wilt and turn brown
  • Also look for swelling in stem
  • Small (1/4 inch long), bullet-shaped, iridescent gold; rarely seen
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  • Image: Mossy Rose Gall 1
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Mossy Rose Gall

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  • Image: Spiny Rose Gall 1
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Spiny Rose Gall

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  • Image: Crown Gall 1
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Crown Gall

  • Round to irregular overgrowth or tumor at soil line or on roots
  • Young galls are light green or white and soft
  • Old galls are hard and dark colored or black
  • Plant may be stunted, produce few flowers and leaves
  • Occasionally galls are seen higher on the stem
  • More information on Crown Gall...

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