The Q&A Archives: The Number On A Rose Plant Bag (i.e. #1, #1 1/2,)

Question: I went to purchase roses. On each bag, there were numbers, 1, 1 1/2, 2, etc. There were roses called "Blaze" with each number on the bags. The price of the plant changed if the number was different. Example:
#1 Blaze was $5.00
# 1 1/2 Blaze was $7.00, etc.
Is this number telling the QUALITY of the plant, and if so what exactly does each mean?

Answer: The number indicates the grade of the individual rose plant and is determined based on the size and number of canes it has. A #1 is the best grade and consequently usually costs more than the lesser grades. The lesser grades will usually grow a bit slower and be less vigorous for at least the first year and are smaller plants to start with.

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