White mold mildew on roses

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I returned from visiting Greg in Virginia Sunday evening and got my first look at the rose bushes and other plants yesterday evening. There's a thin white mold mildew (Mom's says it's mildew not mold) on the leaves of almost all the rose bushes in the backyard!

Question: Normally colored leaves that begin to crinkle, Patches of fuzzy white mold.

Powdery mildew is a very common rose fungus that takes hold when days are hot but nights are cool; when plants are too close for adequate fresh air circulation; or when roses are watered often at night. Water early in the day to allow rose leaves to dry thoroughly before nightfall. Consult the American Rose Society at for recommendations. [http://www.schultz.com/qnarose.htm]

Hmmm, articles to read about pruning roses.

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Enjoys crocheting, gardening, cats, NASCAR (especially Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch!), reading, photography, snorkeling in Kailua-Kona with sea turtles, Sizzler's Mega Bacon Cheeseburgers, hot and iced decaf coffee, dark chocolate, color (yarn, fabric), playing around with web technologies - not necessarily in that order! Still very much a beginner with quilting, knitting, and sewing. Donates crocheted lap blankets.

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