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FAQ's

Does Certified Roses sell to the public?
We sell exclusively wholesale to the retail lawn and garden industry.

How long has Certified Roses been in business?
We opened our doors in 1949 as Cooperative Roses.

How many varieties of roses do you sell?
Our 2012/13 catalog features 167 varieties of bush, climber, and shrub roses, and 13 varieties of 24" patio trees.

When does Certified’s harvest begin? When do you stop shipping to customers?
Our harvest begins in early November and usually ends around the third week in February. We usually finish shipping to customers around the middle of April. These times are all dependent on the weather.

How do you ship your roses?
We ship our roses by independent carrier. Roses are tied in bundles of 10 plants per variety and placed in plastic lined boxes containing 120 to 200 roses, depending on the variety and grade.

Where are your roses grown?
Our bush roses are grown in California and Arizona, and our patio trees are grown in California.

Where are the roses stored and processed after harvest?
All of our plants are shipped to Tyler, Texas where they are graded for quality and stored in cold storage until they are boxed and shipped to our customers.

What is the best time to order roses?
The best selection is available in early spring when we are least likely to be sold out of any varieties. So, we suggest you place your order in early spring to early summer for winter shipment and spring sales.

Can I place an order online?
You can access our order form online and email your order to us.

What is the key to growing beautiful roses?
Start with a quality soil that is high in organic matter and well drained.

What is the difference between a patent and a non-patent rose?
A patent grants the hybridizer or the company that invented a new rose variety the exclusive right to market that variety. The patent duration is 20 years. Once the patent period has expired, the variety is sold as a non-patent. However, some rose varieties are never patented.

What is a hybrid tea rose?
A hybrid tea rose bush is medium to tall in habit and produces large well-formed blooms, usually borne singly on sturdy stems that are suitable for cutting. Hybrid teas are best planted in mixed beds or as a single plant.

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What is a grandiflora rose?
A grandiflora is similar to a hybrid tea, but develop large well-formed clusters of flowers on sturdy stems that may be suitable for cutting. Grandifloras are best planted in mixed beds or as a single plant.

What is a floribunda rose?
A floribunda rose is a free flowering plant that generates generous clusters of medium size blooms. The plant is often compact in habit with medium length stems. Use in mass plantings and borders.

What is a climbing rose?
A climbing rose grows with long canes that can be trained to grow on trellises, fences, and walls. The blooms sizes and forms vary.

What is a shrub rose?
A shrub rose is a very strong blooming plant with a varied range in bloom sizes. The size of the plant also varies, but the overall shape is attractive. The plant is usually disease resistant, hardy, and, generally, not budded.

What is a polyantha rose?
A polyantha has large clusters of small blooms on small to medium sized stems, all on a compact bush.

What is a rugosa rose?
A rugosa is a species to near- species rose with old-fashioned blooms and strong hardiness.

What soil mix do you recommend for potting?
Soil mixes vary in the different regions of the country, but a good rule of thumb is 1/3 peat, 1/3 sand, and 1/3 bark. The mix should be moisture retentive but well drained.

What type of fertilizer do you recommend?
It is best to fertilize potted roses after they have developed 3" to 5" of new growth. Do not fertilize or add root stimulator at the time of planting. Instead, we recommend fertilizing after each bloom cycle with a balanced fertilizer (13-13-13).

Should I prune my roses before planting?
Always prune your roses before planting. Cut the canes to an 8" to 10" length from the bud union, if budded, or the same length from the top of the root mass if they are own root roses. Also, remove any dead or broken canes and tip the roots.

In what size pot should I plant my roses?
Pot size will vary with the grade of bush. A #1 grade rose is best planted in a 3-gallon pot and a #1 1/2 grade rose is best planted in a 2-gallon pot.

How much should I water my roses?
Roses need at least one inch of water a week. Check the moisture level by hand and water as needed to keep plants moist. Water the pot and avoid wetting the leaves. Also, make sure that your roses have good air circulation.

Does soaking bare-root rose before potting make any difference in the plant's ability to perform?
One of the most important factors in the performance of a bare-root rose is proper hydration. If possible, soak your roses overnight before potting.

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