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Oh, dear. Black spot isOh, dear. Black spot is common to roses the world over and there may be as many opinions on this as there are rose varieties. Some say that cleaning the ground of leaf debris at the end of season and then again in spring is the solution, as well as pruning the infected canes, avoiding wetting canes on gray (cloudy) days, and avoiding planting roses too close together. Others suggest that in combination with control agents such as the fungicide chlorothalonil (Daconil), reapplying it after rain and applying it to all new leaves (applications in 7 to 10 day intervals have been proposed). Another suggests Funginex. Some say fertilizing roses with Epsom salts helps. And then there is choosing plants that are resistant to black spot. Finally, you might also consult your local agricultural extension service for local advice and/or notice where roses thrive in your vicinity and ask the property owner how they handle or avoid this plague. Best wishes!

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