Introducing our beginner-friendly collection of grafted roses with strong root systems. These roses offer an excellent entry point into the world of rose gardening, providing several advantages for both growers and enthusiasts.
Grafted roses, also known as "budded roses," are the result of merging two distinct rose plants. Below the soil line, you'll find vigorous roots sourced from robust varieties like Fortuniana in the South or Multiflora and 'Dr. Huey' in the North. Above ground, the canes and blooms belong to the desired rose variety that's marketed to you. This unique combination creates a hardy, fast-growing, and visually stunning floral masterpiece.
The primary reason for grafting roses is efficiency. Unlike own-root roses, which can take up to three years to reach a harvestable stage, grafted roses need only 18 months, making them a cost-effective choice for growers. Additionally, the understock, or root system, can infuse extra vigor into the budded variety, resulting in a larger and more robust plant.
However, it's essential to weigh the pros and cons when deciding between grafted and own-root roses for your garden. Grafted roses offer rapid growth and abundant blooms in less time, ideal for those seeking quick results. On the other hand, own-root roses, while requiring a bit more patience, tend to be long-lived, healthy, and easier to maintain.
Keep in mind that grafted roses have their drawbacks, including vulnerability to diseases and the potential development of sucker shoots from the rootstock, which can shorten their lifespan. In contrast, own-root roses remain true to the selected variety, offering longevity and ease of care.
In my opinion, choosing own-root roses is a wise investment for your garden. They promise durability, health, and a genuine representation of your selected variety. While you may need to wait a bit longer for their lush beauty to shine, the rewards are well worth it in the form of less maintenance and a longer lifespan.
Ultimately, the decision between grafted and own-root roses depends on your priorities. If you crave immediate results and don't mind some trade-offs, grafted roses are the way to go. But if you value longevity, health, and ease of care, own-root roses are the superior choice. Whichever you choose, enjoy the beauty and fragrance of your blooming roses!