Your first stop for roses, of course, is your local nursery, and the rose season always begins with the sale of bare root plants (roses budded to rootstock). In California bare root season is from December to January. On the East coast bare root season begins in April.
Bare root nursery plants usually come dressed in plastic sleeves, packed with sawdust.
As the weather warms, the bare rooters are potted up. This is what they looked like on one March day at Cottage Gardens, in Petaluma.
WHAT ABOUT MAIL ORDER AND HOW ARE THE PLANTS SHIPPED ?
Bare root plants are shipped during the dormant season, which varies regionally. These three roses came naked, wrapped in plastic.
Many of the mail order sources listed below ship own-root plants in varying pot sizes. On the left are 5-inch bands, which are the most commonly shipped. Some nurseries might ship gallons.
ROSE SOURCES LIST
Own-root, container grown David Austin, English Legend, Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, Landscape Roses, Miniatures, Climbers, Old Garden Roses, Buck Roses, and Heirloom's own varieties. 503 538-1576
Rogue Valley Roses
Paul Barden's rose, 'Janet Inada'
1,500 rose varieties from all classes include Paul Barden exclusives. There are also roses from the Ashdown Collection, the Fineschi Garden, Ralph Moore, Kordes, and Delbard. They ship their entire stock of roses, grown from cuttings, on their own roots, year round, in three pot sizes. 541 535-13087
1888 schoolhouse in the display gardens at Christianson's
I'm trying to be objective in this post, but I have to say this is a stunningly beautiful nursery, with a large selection of roses. I enjoyed visiting it several years ago. No mail order. Mt Vernon, WA 360 466-3821
Hybrid teas, floribundas, climbers, shrubs, Romantica, Griffith Buck, and old garden roses on their own roots. 509 448-4968
Garden Valley Ranch
Large selection of bare-root roses, as well as fresh cut garden roses. The ranch gardens are available for special events. 707 795-0919
Roses of Yesterday and Today
Bare root old garden roses and selected modern roses, available for shipping January – April. Own-root in one gallon pots shipped year-round. 831 728-1901
Russian River Rose Company
Specialize in roses that do well in Northern California wine country- over 600 varieties. No mail order. Display gardens and perfume harvest tours. Healdsburg, CA, 707 433-7455
One of the largest mail order suppliers of Grade #1 bare root roses in North America. Fremont, CA, 510 797-3222
Burlington Rose Nursery
Ralph Moore roses, polyanthas, pernetianas, and many more. Propagation through cuttings and budding. Retail roses are grown and shipped in 5" bands or 1-gal. Custom propagation and budding services available. 559 747-3624
High Country Roses
Hardy roses for tough climates include Canadian, English, shrub, floribundas, minis, climbers, species, and old garden roses. Over 250 varieties, all own-root grown, and shipped in 5” pots. 800 552-2082
Chamblee’s Rose Nursery
Container grown, own-root antique, modern, EarthKind, landscape, Griffith Buck, David Austin, and miniature roses. Shipping available September – May. 903 882-3597
David Austin Roses
Breeders of the English Roses. Specialist growers of Old, Shrub, Species, Climber and Modern Roses. I recently ordered the gorgeous Fighting Temeraire and had a little trouble ordering through the website, but since the American branch is located in Tyler, Texas it was easy to call 800 328-8893 and place my order.
The Antique Rose Emporium
Earth-Kind, Pioneer, and old garden roses on their own-roots in two-gallon containers. The display gardens are available for special events. Mail order, wholesale, and retail. 800 441-0002
Rose Petals Nursery
Located in Newberry, Florida, this mail order nursery specializes in Old Garden Roses grown on their own roots in one gallon pots. The Bermuda Mystery Roses are also available here. 352 215-6399
Located in Alachua, Florida. Owner Pam Greenewald specializes in rare and unique Antique roses as well as Modern roses. Inventory changes daily at this mail order nursery, so if you see a rose is out of stock give Pam a call at 352 359-1133
Roses budded onto Fortuniana rootstock– newest must-haves, hybrid teas, mini-floras, David Austin, and Delbard roses. 561 684-2421
Fritz Creek Gardens
I sometimes receive questions about hardy roses for cold climates. A reader just sent me this incredible source. It must really be cold up there, because they won't be open again until April 15. They only sell and ship zone 2 and zone 4 roses, and on their own roots. They have good luck with Explorer and Parkland roses, even as far north as the North Pole! 907 235-4969http://www.alaskahardy.com/index.php
An extensive rose list includes Fairy Tale, Vigorosa, and Freelander budded on multiflora seedling rootstock. 905-468-8627
If you have a favorite mail order nursery that I've missed, please let me know.