MY BARE ROOT ROSE IS SMALL. DID I RECEIVE THE CORRECT GRADE?
If one of your bare root roses looks smaller than others in your order, there’s a good chance it’s an own root rose. Own root roses are traditionally smaller plants than grafted roses, and are graded using standards from a different grading category than grafted. They are graded as deciduous shrubs and may have canes that are smaller in diameter than their grafted rose cousins of the same grade. Learn more about sizing and grading HERE on our blog, How to Choose A Bare Root Rose Grade.
MY BARE ROOT ROSE IS DIRTY OR MOLDY
Bare roots are harvested straight from the rose field, so it’s perfectly normal to find some soil or debris remaining on your plant. During the shipping process, the moist environment can sometimes cause a bit of common mold growth, especially if your rose is shipped at the end of our season experiencing warmer spring temperatures, a delay in transit or you have stored your roses in their bag for after arrival prior to planting. Not to worry! Simply rinse the mold off with water or spray the plant with a solution of equal parts bleach and water and plant as normal. A small bit of mold growth will not cause any permanent damage to your plant.
MY BARE ROOT ROSE HAS WHITE AND/OR RED SHOOTS
Your bare root rose may arrive with white or red shoots on its canes or it may develop them if you have have stored them after receipt of your order. This is simply new growth, aka your rose budding out, and a sign that your rose is ready to grow! Leave them be, don't trim them off, and get your rose planted as soon as possible.
MY BARE ROOT ROSE HASN'T LEAFED OUT YET
ONE OF MY BARE ROOT ROSES IS PROGRESSING DIFFERENTLY THAN OTHERS IN MY GARDEN
It’s important to remember that bare root roses are living things just like you and me, and each one is different! It is completely normal for roses to progress at a different pace, even under the exact same growing conditions. Some varieties will leaf out more quickly and some are a little slower to the party. Continue caring for your rose as normal, be patient, and you’ll likely see new growth soon!
THE ENDS OF MY BARE ROOT ROSE CANES ARE TURNING BLACK OR BROWN
MY BLOOMS LOOK DIFFERENT FROM THE PHOTOS ON YOUR WEBSITE
MY ROSE LOOKS DEAD
Hey, it happens! Whether you’re brand new to growing bare roots or a seasoned vet, sometimes bare root roses just don’t perform as we hoped they would. They are living things and some just don't make it even when we do all the things right. Albeit disappointing, there’s always next year! Try not to get discouraged, take good notes and make a plan for next season. To help you figure out what may have gone wrong, check out our blog on Common Bare Root Planting & Care Mistakes.
You can trim down the canes until you see green growth in the center. If there is still green in the middle then the rose isn't dead and just needs time and some TLC to rejuvenate.
While you anxiously await your first blooms, we know it can be overwhelming to wonder whether you’re doing all the right things for your new rose baby. We hope these tips give you confidence in determining whether your bare root rose is healthy and thriving or needs some extra love and care.
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