The shelves in our Rose section are ablaze with colorful and fragrant blooms, which you can smell, see, touch, select and plant now!
Hardy roses are a long-standing specialty of our nursery, which provides the region’s largest selection of roses grown on their own roots. You may have thought all roses were difficult to grow and ‘high maintenance’, but we’d like to show you that roses can be very successful in Colorado with very little maintenance. An important key to rose survival lies in growing them on their own roots. This means that instead of being grafted onto a standard ‘root-stock’, the roses are grown from cuttings that are allowed to grow their own roots. Why is this important? It means that if the rose canes are frozen to the ground in severe weather, the new growth that emerges will be of the variety you chose, not the root-stock variety. With grafted roses, the ‘bud union’ (point at which the graft joins the desired variety to the rootstock) is very cold-sensitive. How often have we heard complaints that “I planted a yellow (or white, or pink) rose but this year the flowers are dark red!” That’s because the bud union has frozen and all of the new growth is coming up directly from the rootstock, which in this region is a tall, once-blooming dark red rose called ‘Dr. Huey’.
And if you haven’t fertilized your roses yet, now is a good time to do it. We are well-stocked with Mile Hi Rose Feed and Mile Hi Alfalfa mMmeal. Mile Hi Rose Feed is a high-quality, Colorado-produced, almost 100% organic formulation designed specifically for growing roses in Colorado soils. Fertilizing roses between July 30 and September 15 is not recommended, as it stimulates new growth too late in the season for it to ‘harden off’ (mature) before temperatures plummet.