BAREROOT OR CONTAINER-GROWN
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Bareroot is the traditional type for planting where roses are dug up during the dormant season and eventually packed with damp peat or newspapers around the roots then sent by mail, UPS or FEDEX to the customers. As soon as you receive these bareroot roses, remove the packing materials, trim off the damaged roots and canes and then soak the plants in a bucket of water overnight lest they dried out. Prepackaged roses sold in stores are bareroot plants with moist peat around the roots and the whole plant housed in a polythene bag or in a box. The rose plants that come in polythene bag are reasonably priced, are available everywhere even in drugstores and come with color picture plus instructions. However, if plants are kept too warm in the store, there is a chance of premature growth and/or drying out. Some of these prepackaged bareroot roses are coated with wax which eventually melts during the hot weather. I have no luck with the prepackaged roses and I attributed it to the wax which eventually killed the rose.
Container-grown roses though more expensive provide instant color than bareroot plants. Choose plants wisely. Know what you are looking for and look for a healthy looking rose. Make sure it has been grown in the container, not transferred into it from open ground as some of the mail order suppliers do. The roses that are actually grown in containers are the best specimens that I have found. Look for them in your local nurseries. I bought an Oso Easy rose in a white Proven Winner container and it is an excellent plant. Worth all the money I spent on it.
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