FAQ

What kind of roses do you sell?

We sell a wide variety of roses in 3 gallon pots (10.8 quarts actual volume). Our stock is a mix of budded and own root plants.

 

Are they difficult to grow?

No, the roses we select are not difficult to grow. They are “easy care” roses. Roses require a minimum of 4 hours full sun a day, good soil, mulching with compost and regular watering of there is not adequate rain. Our selections are disease resistant and do not require any chemical spraying.

 

How do I plant them once I get them home?

Dig a whole about 6” deeper and larger in diameter than the pot. Slip the plant carefully out of the pot and position it in the hole. Back fill with a mix of compost and soil from the hole.  If it is a budded plant, be sure the bud union is 2-4” below the soil level. Leave a depression around the base of the rose to catch water. Give it a good soaking. Mulch it with compost.

 

What can I expect the first year or two?

Our roses will spend the first year establishing vigorous root systems to support the plant the rest of its life. If it is a budded plant, you can expect strong new canes to develop the first year. The second year, you will get more and longer canes from the base of the plant, as well as flowering lateral branches off the main canes. If it is an own root plant, you can expect strong new canes to develop the second year. By the third year there will be little difference between a budded and own root plant.

 

How do I prune a shrub rose, hybrid tea or floribunda?

During the growing season, cut off spent flowers to encourage faster rebloom. Do not prune roses in the fall. You should prune roses when the forsythia starts to bloom in the spring. First,  cut off any dead wood flush with the base. Do not leave any stubs.  Create a gently rounded top as you even out the height of the plant. Always cut just above a bud.

 

How do I prune a climber or rambler?

First off, if you aren’t sure, don’t do anything! It is better to not prune or minimally prune than to overprune a climber. The main purpose in pruning is either aesthetic or to remove some older canes that are not as productive or are crowding newer growth. Ramblers benefit from having up to a third of the old growth thinned out each year once the plant is established. We hold demonstrations on pruning at the nursery. Watch for notices on Facebook, Twitter or on our blog.

 

How do I train a climber or rambler?

As new canes grow the first year, gently tie them in place- either winding them around a vertical post, or fanning them out on a fence or trellis. Please visit our nursery or read our blog for examples and written descriptions.

 

How do you select the roses to sell?

We have an extensive selection process. I spend the winter months researching current and historical information about the thousands of roses still in cultivation. During the growing season, I visit public and private rose gardens across the country to see what catches my eye. Once I am retired from teaching, my wife and I will be traveling to Europe to visit public and private rose gardens there as well. After this initial selection, sources are located, sample plants are purchased and grown out in our display beds here. They are given the same care we recommend to you. These roses are evaluated for vigor, growth habit, cold hardiness, heat tolerance, disease resistance, foliage, flower color, form and fragrance.  We propagate older unpatented varieties here at the nursery. Patented varieties are grown for us by various wholesale nurseries.