With a multitude of catalogs filling up mail boxes everywhere, I am tempted to go crazy ordering roses.
I must remind myself of a few basic things to consider before ordering:
- Ask yourself what you’re looking for in a rose. Large blooms on single stems? Lots of color and a multitude of blooms? Easy care? No Spray? Doing your homework before you buy will save you some aggravation and disappointment.
- Do I have a sunny well draining spot to plant your rose? Six hours of full sun is good for most roses.
- I love the catalogs and mail order rose providers, but I often find there descriptions of colors, size and vigor are often incorrect. If you like a rose, ask a rosarian about the rose. (find a local rosarian http://www.ars.org) Google the name of the rose and search for gardener reviews from real people who are growing the rose. I wouldn’t be without my American Rose Society Guide For Selecting Roses. This guide is published annually based on ratings as reported from those who are growing that particular variety. I steer clear of roses that rank below 7.5.
- Don’t walk, RUN from “bagged” roses. They are sprayed with paraffin wax and almost always are poor performers.
- Always select roses bare root or potted with at LEAST 3 good canes and a well-developed root system. Anything less will typically yield less than desirable results.
Experience has taught me that just a little advance planning will go a long way in selecting just the right rose for your garden.