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Guy2Guy2 Posts: 8

 

 

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Hi,

Had been away for a few days and when we got back my wife noticed this on one of our roses. Can anyone tell us what this is? As the attached photo shows the 'plant' looks like a small ‘furry’ ball about 2 inch in diameter. Neither of us have much experience in gardening and never seen anything like this before. Not sure if it is some sort of parasite?

Many thanks,

Guy

 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 53,204

    It's a Robin's Pincushion, caused by a variety of gall wasp - it's not doing any real damage to your rose bush.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diplolepis_rosae 

    A fascinating exanple of nature at work in your garden.

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  • Guy2Guy2 Posts: 8

    Many thanks Dovefromabove.

    Guy

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,197

    lot of it about this year.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Guy2Guy2 Posts: 8

    Although indicated it's not doing any real damage to the rose would it be advisable to remove at some point or just monitor the situation. The Wiki pages indicates various stages of the life cycle.

    Thanks

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 53,204

    If you wish you can prune it out when you normally prune the rose - it will do no harm if you leave it.  image

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  • Guy2Guy2 Posts: 8

    Cheers Dovefromabove - will leave it for now. Will need to do some pruning so will look at it then!  image

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