The Number On A Rose Plant Bag (i.e. #1, #1 1/2,) - Knowledgebase Question

Toms River, NJ
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Question by nickjake
March 4, 2001
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 from NGA
March 4, 2001
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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