What To Expect

My roses are grown on their own roots, which means that they are grown directly from cuttings, and not grafted onto a different root-stock.

In colder climates, roses on their own roots tend to be hardier, and if they die back to the ground over the winter, will re-emerge true to the original variety in the spring. Grafted roses that die back to the ground, most likely will re-emerge as the root-stock the rose was grafted onto.

The roses are grown in ‘bands, which is a 5 inch deep pot x 3 inch wide pot. For shipping, much of the soil will be washed off the roots and wrapped in moist medium for shipping, and may be pruned back, to fit into the shipping box if necessary.

It is recommended you pot them up when they arrive in at least a one gallon pot, to recover from shipping, and to establish a bigger root system, before being planted in the garden. Keep them moist, but not soggy. Morning sun and afternoon shade are best in hot climates.

Roses need at least 6 hours of sun a day. Some variety’s (those with fewer petal count) can take more shade, and should also be planted where they will not compete with tree roots.

I do spray my mother plants for prevention of fungal disease, every 10 to 14 days, but many of the variety’s I grow are considered disease resistant. Early morning sun dries the leaves quickly. Prolonged moisture encourages disease.

Rose Roots

Nice roots formed. Ready to pot up in a band pot, to grow on.

The old saying about rose bushes is: 1st year they sleep, 2nd year they creep, 3rd year they leap. Most own root roses will put on substantial growth after the first winter.