Rose (Rosa spp.) and hybrids-Bacterial Leaf Spot and Blast


Cause Pseudomonas syringae pv. morsprunorum, a bacterium diagnosed only four times by the OSU Plant Clinic from 1962 to 1992. Most common in cool, wet spring weather.

Symptoms Dark brown, sunken spots appear on leaves, flower stalks, and calyx parts. Flower buds may die without opening. Black streaks appear on 1-year-old stems.

Cultural control

  • Remove and destroy infected stems.
  • Disinfect pruning shears before cutting more stems.

Chemical control Spray before fall rains begin and again when half the leaves have fallen. Repeat in spring to protect new growth.

Products available in home packaging:

  • Bonide Liquid Copper Fungicide at 0.5 to 2 fl oz/gal. May result in purple spots on some cultivars. H
  • Monterey Liqui-Cop at 3 Tbsp/gal water. May discolor blooms. Group M1 fungicide. H

Products available for commercial use:

  • Badge X2 at 1.5 to 2 lb/A. Group M1 fungicide. 24-hr greenhouse reentry. O
  • C-O-C-S WDG at 2 to 3.9 lb/100 gal water. Group M1 fungicide. 48-hr reentry general or 24-hr reentry for greenhouse.
  • CuPRO 5000 at 1.5 to 5 lb/A but only up to 2 lb/A when new growth is present. May discolor foliage or blooms. Group M1 fungicide. 48-hr reentry.
  • Junction at 1.5 to 3.5 lb/A. Some cultivars have shown discoloration of foliage and/or blooms. Group M1 + M3 fungicide. 48-hr reentry.
  • Phyton 27 at 1.5 to 3.5 oz/10 gal water. Group M1 fungicide. 48-hr reentry.

Reference Pscheidt, J. W., and Rodriguez, T. G. 2018. Diseases of Rose. In McGovern, R.J. and Elmer, W.H. (eds.) Handbook of Florists' Crops Diseases. Springer Int.