What is Rose rosette disease

Question From: C. Keenan - Cambuslang, , United Kingdom
Q: My climbing rose flowered really well in the early part of last year. Afterwards it appeared to fail and then developed spindly new growth and thorns, was was previously thorn free. Is there a remedy or do I need to replace it

A: Carol, sounds like your rose has Rose rosette disease. Google it for pictures of the diseased parts. It is fatal. It's spread by a tiny mite and can take out all your roses. Dig it out, roots and all and bag it up and send it out to the trash. Do not compost it. Also clean your tools with a 1 to 9 parts bleach and water rise. Best Nancy and thanks for visiting Yardener.com.