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Yellowing leaves on Hybrid Tea Rose Bush

In the summer of 2008 I planted the Hybrid Tea Rose, "Mr. Lincoln". It did very well last year with lots of beautiful blooms. It survived the winter and seemed to be doing OK until last week. I noticed yellow leaves; and when I tugged to remove some leaves to examine them closer, the whole branch came away from the main stem. This happened several times. I am in Maine - zone 4. What happened to my rose bush?
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It's hard to say for sure without seeing your plant, but hybrid tea roses such as Mr. Lincoln often get a disease called Black Spot. To combat this disease you need to spray your rose with a fungicide every 7 to 10 days through mid-summer. Also, remove all diseased foliage and branches and never water from above. It also helps to grow disease-reistant roses. Mr. Lincoln is a very old variety that has little disease resistance. Although the variety has pretty flowers, I don't recommend growing it anymore because there are many newer red roses that are more vigorous and easier to care for. "

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