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Management Of Spider Mites In Rose 

Rose Spider Mites are one of the most common pests of rose crops worldwide, causing damage to leaves, stems and flowers. They are tiny arachnids that feed on the sap of rose plants, leading to wilting, yellowing and stunted growth of the plant. The mite causes economic damage to roses across the world. Rose spider mites are most active in warm and dry weather and populations can build up quickly in these conditions. This article will explore the causes, symptoms and management measures for controlling rose spider mites. 

Type of Infestation

Rose Spider Mites are a type of sap feeder, which feeds on the sap of the rose plants. 

Scientific Name: Tetranychus urticae 

Most Affected States

Rose Spider Mites are widely distributed in India, affecting rose crops in major rose-growing states such as Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu.  

Symptoms of Rose Spider Mites

  • Both nymphs and adults suck the sap from the lower surface of the leaves. 
  • Appearance of small, yellow or brown colored spots can be seen on the leaves 
  • Yellowing and wilting of leaves is a common symptom caused by spider mites. 
  • Severe infestation of rose spider mites can result in stunted growth of the affected plants. 
  • These mites can also spin fine webs on the leaves and stems of the plant. 

Control Measures

Rose spider mites are a common pest of rose crops and can cause significant damage if not managed effectively. To control these pests, an integrated approach that combines several management strategies is necessary.  

Cultural Measures

  • Removing the weeds and other debris can help reduce the incidence of mite. 
  • Proper irrigation and fertilization can help maintain the health of the rose plants and reduce their susceptibility to spider mite infestations. 

Mechanical Measures

  • Regularly prune the infected plant parts and destroy them. 

Biological Measures

  • Release natural predators and parasites like ladybugs, lacewings, predatory mites and parasitic wasps to control spider mite populations. 
  • Ecotin Insecticide is a neem based biological insecticide containing Azadirachtin, which can effectively control spider mites in roses. The recommended dosage is 0.4 – 0.7 ml per liter water. 
  • Royal Clear Mite is a bio insecticide which contains natural plant extracts, disrupts the breathing of spider mites and prevents them from hatching. The recommended dosage is 2ml per liter of water. 

Chemical Measures

Chemical measures include the application of commercial insecticides to control rose spider mites. Insecticides that can be used to control are mentioned below, 

Product Name  Technical Content  Dosage 
Abacin Insecticide  Abamectin 1.9% EC  0.7 ml/lit of water 
Omite Insecticide  Propargite 57% EC  2 ml /lit of water 
Intrepid insecticide  Chlorfenapyr 10% SC  2 ml/lit of water 
Maiden Insecticide  Hexythiazox 5.45% EC  1 ml/lit of water 
Oberon Insecticide  Spiromesifen 22.9% SC  0.3 ml /lit of water 
Kunoichi Insecticide  Cyenopyrafen 30% SC  0.5 ml/lit of water 


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