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O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
Thursday, May 10, A.D. 2012
Roses Unlimited

Krishti u ngjall!

I would like to recommend an excellent source for mail order roses—Roses Unlimited. I ordered six roses from Roses Unlimited in late March, and I am thoroughly pleased with the result. The company is in South Carolina, which is much nearer to Ohio than the west coast’s many reputable suppliers of roses. Thus, the shipping was reasonable, and Roses Unlimited’s shipping charges are as straightforward as possible—$5.00 for each one gallon sized plant. Most of the roses currently cost $16, which even with shipping remains a fair price.

Moreover, the roses arrived in great shape. Two years ago, I ordered eight bareroot roses from the west coast, and sadly only half of them has survived and only one has really taken off well. The six Roses Unlimited gals are already larger and healthier looking than three of the two year old plants, and they have already begun producing flowers. Only one of the two year olds has flowered, and this month was its premiere. I followed the instructions exactly for the bareroot roses, but perhaps that was not enough. I now know that one gallon sized plants are going to do much better. It is worth it to spend a little more for a rose that is “performance ready,” though some of the bareroot roses cost as much or more.

I have been growing roses for seven years, I have had about fifty cultivars, and I have learnt a bit since I began. After two consecutive years of significant casualties with grafted tea roses that I bought at local nurseries—losing almost half of the previous season’s new additions—I decided that I would never again purchase a grafted rose. When a delicate tea died back in the winter, the root stock rose—usually the ever indefatigable Dr. Huey—would grow in its place, taking revenge against the parasitic freeloader in an annual display of garden Bolshevism.

Unfortunately, it is difficult to find much variety in “own root” roses in Cincinnati. Once you get past the Knock-Out family, whose reputation for hardiness is well merited—I own them all—there is not much left besides less ornamental shrub roses. Some places carry a few lovely Buck roses, but the selection is scarce. Furthermore, it is almost impossible to find “old garden” variety roses that I particularly like. Therefore, mail ordering is the only way to get most own root plants. Without a doubt, Roses Unlimited is the best supplier of them that I have experienced.

Yet, there is a cloud for every silver lining. Roses Unlimited has a rather primitive web site compared to the large outfits on the west coast. There are not many photographs or much cultivar information. However, it is not difficult to research each cultivar by copying and pasting the name to a search engine. There is no online ordering capability, either. One has to call or to email the order. Lastly, Roses Unlimited does not accept credit cards or any sort of PayPal service. I had to mail a check. Nonetheless, these minor inconveniences are easy to overlook when Roses Unlimited offers such superior stock at a low cost.

The next time that you are looking for a certain rose, check Roses Unlimited. I certainly shall do business with them, again.

Posted by Joseph on Thursday, May 10, Anno Domini 2012
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