The Q&A Archives: Patented vs. Unpatented Roses

Question: I see some roses that say they are patented and some are not. Is patented better than the unpatented? Is there a difference as far as looks or life of the plant go?

Answer: Patented roses mean that the breeders have registered their roses so no one else can duplicate them. If you like a particular rose, it doesn't really matter whether or not it's patented. But, if you purchase a patented rose, you cannot legally take cuttings or otherwise propagate the plant. A patented rose simply means that it's an exclusive offering by a particular grower and you must have their permission to propagate it.

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