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Die back

Shoots die back beginning at the tip and progressing steadily downwards along the stem.  Dieback affects fruit trees, roses and many other woody plants including acers. Shoot tips die and the rest of the shoot slowly dies too.

Dieback is not a specific disease and can be caused by several factors including - frost/wind burn, canker at the base of the stem, waterlogging, mildew or black spot.  Interestingly yellow and orange varieties of roses are more susceptible than other colours.  A common cause is a deficiency in potash, calcium, phosphates and boron.  A spring feed is essential if dieback is a problem. 

For a well balanced granular rose food with trace elements use Toprose.  Cut out any damaged stems and branches ensuring that you cut into healthy plant tissue.