Deadly virus threatens $250M rose business
NEW ORLEANS - The outlook for American-grown roses is becoming a bit less rosy, with the spread of an incurable virus that's causing major damage to the nation's $250-million-a-year rose business.
U.S. rose bush producers account for the bulk of that business and face a growing challenge from rose rosette disease, which can kill roses within three years. Its symptoms include super-thorny stems and clusters of stems called rosettes or "witches' brooms."
One producer spent $1 million ...