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History of Own-Root Roses
The first known grafted rose was created in 1867 when rose breeders, budded or 'grafted' the popular, yet weak rose La France on to a hardy, strong rootstock. This practice of grafting weaker roses onto hardier rootstock paved the way for the development of new hybrid teas and other hybrid roses in mass quantities.
In the late 1980's and 1990's gardeners began to gain a new appreciation for the hardiness, resistance to diseases and increased vigor of the old own-root rose varieties. As gardeners demand increased for own-root rose varieties, rose breeders responded by producing new own root varieties and by the propagation of hybrid teas, grandifloras and floribundas as own root varieties.
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1. Healthier plants with higher disease resistance than grafted roses. Own root roses are more vigorous, hardier plants with healthier, more pliable root systems, which allow the rose to quickly adapt to new environments, thus producing blooms faster than grafted varieties.
2. No root-stock suckers and your rose will always be true-to-type. Even if your own root rose freezes ack to the ground, or is accidentally cut down, it will re-sprout true to type.
3. Very winter hardy, no more worrying about your rose surviving a harsh winter! Own root roses are especially advantageous in regions where winters bring freezing temperatures. Because their is no graft or bud union, if the plant freezes above ground, its roots will thrive.
4. Virus free! Grafted roses are very susceptible to the Rose Mosaic virus that can be transmitted during grafting.
5. Durable, healthy roses that develop more canes, which means more flowers! No fussing trimming required with own root roses, instead just shear back to promote new foliage and blooms.