deformed leaves and buds on roses

I planted a rose garden last summer and the blossoms were beautiful until the end of the summer when the stems lost all their leaves and got fewer to no blossoms. I was told that the humidity and lack of rain/water were the culprits. This year,some of the leaves are curly/dwarfed, and red, and are not growing well. Some also have a white coating on them. Tried fertilizer, systemic fungicides, no change. What should I try next?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

From the symptoms you describe, you may have rose rosette disease, a viral disease for which there is no cure. Get a sample to your local extension agent who can confirm my diagnosis. If that is the case, you will have to destroy those roses. Sorry to have to be the bearer of possibly bad news.


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