Roses forum: Who do you get your roses from

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Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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Mar 25, 2017 6:00 PM CST
I was thinking of getting a couple roses and was curios where everyone getntheres from.right now im in california but will be moving eventually and not sure where yet.
Thanks in advance.
N. Ohio (Zone 5b)
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Mar 25, 2017 8:25 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Are you going to put your new roses in containers so they`ll move with you?
Local garden centers and home improvement stores (Lowes, Home Depo, etc.) have some selections. Look at the health of `em.
Some members in Cal. may be able to name local rose sellers.
Lots of places to order from. Don`t know about shipping schedules for your area, different for diff zones. Ask the seller `bout when.
Different gardeners prefer diff. sellers, so you will find which ones suit you.
Some places are having sales now so you could get lucky.
I need to go now but tomorrow will try to come back to see others (more experienced) have/will suggest. I tip my hat to you.
Long Island, NY (Zone 6b)
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Mar 26, 2017 10:19 AM CST
I purchase most of my roses from Palatine Roses (grafted) -
Once you have relocated, it will be "most important" to find out what roses grow well in your area (zone) and go from there.
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Roses Irises Lilies
Mar 26, 2017 10:39 AM CST
If I were planning to move I'd start with minis and keep them in pots. Minis can follow you wherever you go. I met a couple from Minnesota who grew nothing but; they moved dozens or hundreds of minis into their basement after halloween and hauled them back outside in late spring. Of course, this was back when minis were the craze.

As Tisha suggested, I'd look first at big box stores she mentioned.

There are a lot of suppliers that sell smallish plants that are quite amenable to being grown in pots for a year or two: Heirloom Roses, Rogue Valley Roses, Northland Rosarium, Antique Rose Emporium, to name a few. In these cases it is often an advantage to grow the rose in a pot for a year or two before transplanting. Bear in mind that it can take a year or three for them to bloom the first time. But this means starting now you might be able to have a bloomin' good move-in present for yourself in the new location..

One of the questions to answer is "What qualities do I want most in a rose? Fragrance? Repeat bloom? Photogenic blossoms? Easy care? Portability?"
Hybrid Teas almost always win the photogenic blossoms category, but they may not do well in the easy care or portability categories. Most minis will fall short in the fragrance category. And so on.

If you have your heart set on HT roses and are happy moving larger plants in big pots don't forget Roses Unlimited. Floribundas will be a little more portable than HT roses, and they'll be a little easier to care for in many locations. Not great for cutting qualities, they almost always make for better shrubby garden plants. RU is a good source for them. Palatine and Edmunds have minis, floribundas, and patio roses in addition to an extensive HT catalogue. After your move you might check out David Austin roses.

Although I find that the larger a rose is when it is delivered to me the better my chances of success with it, IME the cultivar one chooses and how one cares for a rose has a far bigger impact on the chances of success than which supplier it comes from. So it's not unreasonable to buy from a supplier that has the cultivar one most wants to grow.

BTW: When you move will it be to a place with a radically different climate? Or will it be materially the same?
When you dance with nature, try not to step on her toes.
[Last edited by Steve812 - Mar 26, 2017 10:41 AM (+)]
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Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Apr 1, 2017 11:00 AM CST
Check then thoroughly for black spot, most of my black spot problems have come from purchased roses including those high buck ones from bucks up nurseries.

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