Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a budded rose and an own-root rose? 
  • Most roses available at nurseries are budded.  The rose you want to see blooming in your garden, say ‘Peace’, has been created by taken a growth point from a ‘Peace’ rose and attaching it to what is known as root stock.  In this way the hardier root stock causes the ‘Peace’ rose to grow more quickly, creating in two years something that will sell in the nursery.  While this is great for us, it does make the plant less able to tolerate our winters.  The bud union is the most susceptible part of the bush.  Unless protected properly, you will lose the ‘Peace’ portion of the bush and the rootstock will begin to grow.

  • Own-root roses take longer to grow on to a size to which we are accustomed.  However, since a ‘Peace’ rose in this form is on its own roots, there is no chance for the rose to be lost due to our winters damaging the bud union.  A ‘Peace’ rose in this form will always be able to produce it familiar blooms.

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This page was most recently updated on 12/31/2015