The Q&A Archives: Differences Among Rose Grades

Question: Please describe grades of roses. The prices for the same type of rose vary so much. Will a lower grade (and less expensive) rose grow just as well as a higher grade one?

Answer: The grades on roses (1, 1 1/2 and 2) are set by the American Nurseryman Association to show the size and quality of the plants. A #1 rose is the highest grade, has the biggest and most canes, and therefore is faster growing and gives more blooms the first year. The other grades cost less, but you'll have to wait a year or two for the best blossoms and the plants will take longer to reach their full potential. In my opinion, the #1's are worth the extra cash!

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