Antique Roses--More Resources
- I posted info about the Antique Rose Emporium
>Another resource for Old Roses ishttp://www.antiqueroseemporium.com/
An especially good thing about their roses is that they are grown on
their own roots. (Lots of roses with good rose hips.)
Everyone I've ever known has had great service from them and loved their
Caro reported experiencing trouble from them.
So I posted to a national gardening list which has a vast breadth and depth
of experienced gardeners to see if others report any trouble with the
company. All the posters from that list report excellent service and plants
in the present and in past years. So it appears that Caro's experience is
However, if you are unsure about things, one way you can protect yourself is
to order with a credit card, and if you have problems, dispute the charge
with your credit card company. If a company doesn't ship product, the credit
card company can subtract the money from the company's account and refund it
The Antique Rose Emporium ships from October to April, so this is a good
time to order and go ahead and get in the shipping line up if you want to
plant them in the fall.
One of the main reasons I like them more than many other places is that they
grow the roses on their own roots. When you buy grafted ones, you run the
risk of the expensive rose that you paid the $24 for dying back in a bad
winter and being left with the $1 grafting root rose. One way to improve
your odds though if you can only find a rose you want in a grafted version
is to peg some of the rose canes down and root them (rose care books usually
have good info and drawings on how to do this). That way the center of the
rose plant will be the grafted one, and the surrounding ones(or you can root
them into a pot, or dig up and move them) will be the rose on it's own root.
This ups the odds that rose you want will survive.
There is also a respected place that used to be known as Hardy Roses of the
North which is now Russian Roses of the North which also does own root
roses. I don't know about their service since the name switch though. Info
Cyndi Johnson maintains a detailed and extensive list of plant catalogs.
One section is devoted to roses
http://www.qnet.com/~johnsonj/Roses.htm You may be able to find places more
local to you or with similar growing conditions which ups the odds of
survival in your area.