Steve812 said:I was delighted with the bands I received last summer from A Reverence for Roses. The roots were contained in bands; but only just. The canes were a full 24 inches tall. Too long, I think, for rabbits to kill them. We shall see.
I received an order from ARE yesterday. The plants were a good size, and looked healthy. One comment I have is that they strip the roses of leaves, so it helps to receive the roses early in the season when other roses in the garden are essentially bare of leaves. I've found that receiving them later overstresses the new roses. It seems to me they simultaneously have to build roots in ground that is too warm and dry and grow shoots when the air is also too warm and dry (or the rose is geared up to make top growth in warm weather faster than the roots can support that growth .) But this may be a problem unique to my zip code.
I've been pretty happy with High Country Roses.
I completely understand the "No Bands" sentiment. This year is the first year I have had a good measure of success potting up bands from Rogue Valley Roses and keeping them through winter. A good portion of the ones that spent a year in larger pots will make it in the garden, I believe. Point is, many of the RVR cultivars I've tried have two advantages that predispose them to success: they have a kind of vigor and toughness, and they seem to have had a kind of care that helps them do well for some time after being moved to a bigger pot.
At this point I must add another caveat. I noticed today that one of my gallon pots had been tipped over. And I noticed that the new foliage at the tips of the canes was missing. So I infer that a rabbit has learned how to tip over pots in my garden and eat the fresh new growth. Another reason for planting taller plants...