I have purchased more than 20 roses from Heirloom Roses as either gifts or to plant myself over the last 8-10 years. The roses do come in the mail as very small plants. There are only a few twigs with leaves. However, I planted an April Moon, purchased on sale, 3 weeks ago that has already tripled in size. My Zephirin Drouhin (aka the Monster) is about 5 years old and easily reaches 15 ft in either direction on my fence. It blooms profusely and hardly has any thorns.
I have had excellent luck with their roses but I have followed the directions they send - dig a really big hole, fill it with a mix of new soil and manure - water profusely. This has given me big bushes within a year or two. My only complaint is that they do not identify the invasive roses. I had two, a rugosa and a Tuscany Superb, that spread underground and started popping up all over. I just dug up the Tuscany Superb (hope I got it all) to plant the April Moon. I did not want the bush to take over - especially since it was a once bloomer.
Two years ago I planted 55 roses from this company. I ordered more (lost count) last year. No special care. All but one are thriving. Ordered another 33 this year. I was skeptical at first, but I've been growing roses for 40 years and I am convinced this is the best product on the market. Get them small and bareroot and they'll adjust to your garden conditions, unlike others that do well for a couple of years and then peter out. Haven't had to test their customer service as everything I've ordered has been delivered when expected and in perfect condition.
I couple of years ago I ordered 4 roses, one was suppose to be Lamarque. It had a blush tint, not the yellow it is suppose to have. I spent 2 years looking at pictures on the internet of white climbers, trying to figure out what it was. A Rosarian friend of mine finally ID'd it as Mme Alfred Carreire.
I contacted Heirloom to tell them of their mistake and couldn't believe, after all this time ,that they were not only apologetic but offered to send me a rose of my choice. This kind of customer service just doesn't exist today and I will become a customer once again.
On Apr 29, 2013, rosesnpots Virginia Beach, VA wrote:
Ordered 2 roses from Heirloom the other week. Both arrived in excellent condition (across the country to VA). They were quite large for band pot roses and had strong very full root system that filled the pot. This is not the first time I have ordered from Heirloom and with how these roses looked, it will not be my last (I just need a bigger yard).
I had a fabulous experience. I ordered six David Austin roses. They arrived impeccably packaged, healthy and beautiful and even quite leafed out.
Considering how inexpensive they are through this retailer, I expected to receive little dormant stubs in baggies. I'm super thrilled to find this was not the case. The great thing is I can plant more roses at this price point, and I don't worry about the size-they'll thrive, I can tell.
The website has a lot of info on each rose as well as some general information about rose care. The information allowed me to choose more shade tolerant roses, and even had more to offer than David Austin's own website does.
I called once to alter my order, and the lady was extremely kind on the phone. She even refunded me two separate charges though I hadn't asked her to do so, when combining two orders. I thought it was wonderful service. I'll definitely be ordering my other roses through this service.
On Nov 30, 2012, OldChurchEggery Mechanicsville, VA wrote:
Posted on September 5, 2012, updated November 30, 2012
I ordered two roses back in February of this year (2012). They shipped in May and arrived hale and hearty. In reading the reviews here and on their company website, I knew what to expect so I was not disappointed when smaller plants arrived. You wouldn't know it now to see them, though- they have grown by leaps and bounds! I got 1 Apothecary rose and 1 Rosa Mundi. We initially had a dry, hot spring, so I was a little worried about them. Then the heat broke and we've had good rainfall. Without any watering other than initially soaking them, my Apothecary rose has grown 4 sizable side branches and the Rosa Mundi has grown 2. I dug the hole very deep and put rotted cow manure in the bottom, spread a 3-foot diameter ring about 3" deep of mulch around the base of each plant, and then made a cage from cattle fencing and contractor stakes to make sure no rabbits or deer nibbled them. They really have settled in great and I can't wait to see how much they grow next season. Who knows? Maybe I'll have some early blooms! I'm in zone 7 and they are in full sun in my front yard.
On November 30th, 2012, OldChurchEggery added the following:
Earlier this fall I ordered two miniature roses and one climbing rose, Devoniensis. The two miniature roses were a gift for my brother's wife and the Devoniensis is to ramble along the picket fence we built this year. Since fall is more of a rest period for plants, the climber hasn't grown any but is settled into its spot for next spring. The miniature roses I potted up and gave to my sister-in-law who was thrilled. They have an extremely steep front yard and she doesn't want to landscape until they can do some berms or some other serious earthwork, so she thought having two little roses she could easily move around would be perfect. I also ordered some of the metal plant tags you twist onto a branch and have been happy with those as well. Now I can tell what's in my garden after my toddler makes off with the tags I stuck in the ground!
Over the past 12 years or so, I have placed multiple orders to this company and have yet to be disappointed. In the past I have ordered a few climbing roses that were once blooming, which took a few years to take off--and finally did so with a storm of bloom and growth.
This year I did a test that even I hesitated trying for a new rose bed beside my driveway. In late August of 2011, I ordered 9 roses--all winter hardy Buck roses. I finally got them in the ground on September 20--and 10 days later had a hard frost. All 9 roses survived and grew to 4 feet by late June and put off a grand display of healthy roses and growth throughout the year.
You can't get any better than that from a rose delivered in something the size of a dixie cup!
On Nov 4, 2012, icebird28 Coppell, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
Posted on September 4, 2012, updated November 4, 2012
I ordered 5 roses from Heirloom and 3 came today. I read the reviews here first and while I was aware they would be small, I think they looked great. I was amazed at how well packed they were. The 3 pots were in individual bags with twist ties so all the perlite and soil doesn't fall out. They also used split bamboo stakes to sort of keep the pots together in a row which I thought was a nice touch. Can't wait for the other two and hope these babies do well, too bad we're supposed to have more 100 degree days this week.
On November 4th, 2012, icebird28 added the following:
I wanted to provide an update. I have a bud on one of the roses, they've continued to flourish in part sun on my patio and I have since re-potted them into 1 gallon pots. The Sterling Silver, which a lot of people complain is hard to grow, is doing excellent. The bud eyes on that one continue to sprout. They are tops on my list, would've ordered more from them but I'm impatient and a newbie to roses. Thanks Heirloom.
On Aug 1, 2012, DonnaMack Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on July 28, 2012, updated August 1, 2012
Posted on July 23, 2012, updated July 28, 2012
This was my first experience ordering from this company. I will confess that it was because I could not find The ingenious Mr. Fairchild elsewhere, and it was enthusiastically recommended by Peter Schneider, author of Right Rose, Right Place and the Combined Rose List. I also had long coveted Jacqueline du Pre, so I ordered that too. I have always ordered much larger roses.
I was pleasantly surprised by the small jewels I received. They have healthy leaves and no disease. They are already growing from being cut back. And they arrived on a 94 degree day!
Yes, they are small but they look raring to go. I am very pleased and will be back.
On July 28th, 2012, DonnaMack changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
Well, spoke too soon. I was sent, not Jacqueline DuPre, but Jude the Obscure. Naturally, I noticed this when I was watering them and looked closely at the tags. Since this is Saturday, they are not available. I have sent them an email and will let you know the results.On August 1st, 2012, DonnaMack changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
I received my Jacquelyn Dupre today. After sending an email, which was cheerfully responded to, I was sent a lovely little rose, am very satisfied, and will be ordering again. The three roses are excellent, and I should add that it is almost 100 degrees today, and the rose is perfect.
I have bought two orders from Heirloom Roses, 1) 4 roses, and 2) 3 roses.
I have no experience with "own root" roses. But I read their description, and at the minor cost of them, everything made sense to try them out. They arrived, tiny wee things (6" long and so narrow!), but the description told of this, and spoke of patience. The first year, one did not like where I planted it, and it died. Two just rested. The 4th became steroidal. I was actually shocked with the incredible thrift and growth rate. I got a few roses, but didn't expect this from the meager beginnings the first year.
I ordered 3 more (from their sale stock) and again, the spot where I put another type of rose was not great. It died. The other two rested, but it was getting to be mid-summer... That was last year.
This Spring, I got gutsy, and transplanted, without any notice or special care, the two roses that were not thriving. I have to say - they are GORGEOUS now. Much happier!
Which leads me to observe, with those negative ratings that I saw, most spoke of what I encountered, yet one wonders if THE PLANTING SITE or PATIENCE was not correct. Or if the descriptions were not read thoroughly. Mine are thriving, and greatly surpassing any in the neighborhood. No need to look elsewhere for roses, when Heirloom Roses produces such spectacular results, with such little cost!
Posted on July 7, 2012, updated July 7, 2012
I have been gardening for over ten years, but am by no means an expert. I learn by extensive research and trial and error. The distributors in my area are having difficulty this year acquiring english roses so I thought I'd try out an on-line store for the first time. Makes me very nervous to not see/touch/smell what I am purchasing. I chose heirloom roses hoping for the best. I read every single page of text regarding the roses I chose and planting/care instructions to ensure I had correct expectations. A couple of months ago I received half of my shipment of six total roses. They were shockingly tiny...even with the expectation that they would be tiny ;)... I thought, oh my, what on earth have I gotten myself into. I re-read their site instructions and trusted in the information. I planted my beds EXACTLY how they told me to and placed them strategically for the correct amount of sunlight recommended. I will tell you that all but two have tripled, at least, in size and have bloomed multiple times and they have only been in the ground for less than 3 months. I am soooo delighted and proud. The roses I ordered were Lady of the mist, Othello (BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL BLOOM), Glamis Castle (Beautiful dainty blooms), Pretty Jessica x2 (smaller, slower growers, but only 2 months in ground already starting to grow and branch out and I see 5 blooms in process already), and Lexy. Lexy is really small and not growing as rapidly as the others. The plant is healthy, just seems to be a slower grower for some reason. It may be the spot within the garden not getting the same hours of sun as the others. I am watching this one to see if she needs to be moved. The Lady of the mist bloomed once and the bloom did not look at all like the shape or color in the photo on-line. I wasn't sure I had the right plant. I emailed photos to heirloom roses. I did have to follow-up a few times to pursue, but received wonderful customer service and feel the situation was handled more than fairly. You cannot expect that the owner will respond immediately to your call/email. Think of how many customers they have and they cannot possibly respond to questions regarding extraneous care and instruction as I've seen some people complain on this website. That is your job to google and/or research. They can't be responsible past what they've already told you. They are in the business to sell a specific type of own root rose and they give you every thing you need to get started. Come on folks. :) I am just astounded at how healthy these plants are. They have zero spots, zero dead leaves, zero signs of anything but thriving, and most are triple the size in 2-3 months based on which shipment they arrived within. The leaves are such vibrant green and the blooms and fragrance are amazing already. I cannot wait to see what happens next year when the plants are mature. I will follow the pruning instructions and hope they take over my whole garden. :) I STRONGLY EMPHATICALLY RECOMMEND THIS COMPANY, at least based on my experiences so far this year. Also worth mentioning, I live in Memphis, TN and we are experiencing 104 plus unbearable heat. Every plant, rose, and even my grass is thriving due to the fact that I water twice per day right now and originally dug up the old nasty clay "dirt" and replaced with a mixture of sandy loam, top soil, and a bit of miracle grow potting soil mixed. They LOVE it and are thriving. Just a thought... you can't just plop them in a hole in whatever dirt you have and barely water. They are like children, it takes lots of time and lots and lots of preparation and effort to grow them into vibrant beauties vs. average (no growth/no death...just sit there). I know I sound like a commercial for them, but truly I am so very pleased and will highly recommend.
On July 7th, 2012, kndlovesroses added the following:
I almost forgot. I also ordered and planted the Comtes de Champagne. It bloomed once and now has 3 additional buds. The first bud, although only 2 months old, was absolutely gorgeous. It's growing very nicely.
On Jun 23, 2012, whitefragrance Fredericksburg, VA wrote:
I bought 10 roses from heirloom roses for the first time. I was nervous about the order but was elated on opening the box when it arrived. They were packed beautifully, were of very vigorous growth signs,very nice size all were more than 10 inches from soil level atleast or more and are now in my garden already flowering this very year and showing very nice growth.I will always buy from this company in the future as i have ordered roses from another online website but they lacked the vigor that this company roses had.Thanks a bunch for what you do!
My initial review is a 5 out of 5! I ordered a David Austin 'Charlotte' rose for my grandmother as a Mother's Day gift. The order was placed after business hours via the website on 05/08/12. I didn't think the rose would make it to her on time, but to my surprise it arrived today, the day before Mother's Day. The order was processed, shipped & arrived all in 4 days! My Grammy called me to thank me, she said the plant itself is potted in a small black pot consistent with the pics on Heirloom Rose's site. The plant looks vigorous & was not wilted even though it has been in the high 80's the last couple of days.
I will update my post as we see how it fares here just north of Sacramento, CA.
I will not hesitate to do business again with Heirloom Roses!
On May 3, 2012, vommarlowe Overland Park, KS wrote:
Posted on April 25, 2012, updated May 3, 2012
Posted on September 6, 2011, updated April 25, 2012
In May, I ordered three roses from them (Jayne Austin, Wife of Bath, and Lady of the Mist) for my new house.
The roses arrived in good shape. The leaves were deep dark green, the roots moist, and the instructions very informative. They were wee little sticks, which worried me a bit, I admit. (About 6 ")
Because of construction, I had to delay a bit, and followed their directions for that. When I was ready to plant, I carefully selected a site for each and planted them.
Three months later, the roses are doing great. One is nearly three feet tall. All have bloomed. I'm sorry to say that I did lose one to a construction accident, but until then it was going well (arrgh). Our summer was excessively hot (many days above 103) and my new home's soil is mostly clay, but so far, the roses are fine.
On April 25th, 2012, vommarlowe added the following:
I ordered eight more roses this winter (January). My order arrived exactly on time today. The roses look great--small, but healthy and strong.
Unfortunately, half my order (four of my eight roses) were not included. A packing slip indicated that they would ship in a 'couple weeks', which was disappointing, as I have already dug the holes and prepped the site. It's a very warm spring (92 already today), so I'm a little worried. I would have liked a note to warn me about the delay. I'll update when the other half of my order arrives. On May 3rd, 2012, vommarlowe added the following:
All of my roses arrived! They were just shipped in different boxes--again beautifully packed, strong specimens with good leaves, healthy, moist soil.
A quick little update on last year's roses. As I mentioned, I'd ordered a couple of roses last spring/summer. As of now, Lady of the Myst is a solid four feet with many blooms. Jayne Austin is even more vigorous, a strong plant that keeps growing and growing and growing. I suspect it of planning world domination. Seriously, Jayne is a very large rose already--it's true what they say about the Austins, I think, that their sizes are based on English gardens and they will get quite a bit bigger in warmer climes. Despite the many bugs/insects in my area, these roses are in great shape.
Posted on January 25, 2012, updated March 29, 2012
I received the roses from Heirloom earlier than any other growers. Plants seems small but I realized that very halthy and mutiple points that are ready to grows. Already leaves out and within few weeks grow over 6-8" in my 2 gallons pots. Their plants are like a miniature bush, one of top growers send me a stick like plant with one or two leaves :(
I order Tequila Sunrise and Tropical Sunset-I like unusual rare color, very exciting to see them bloom. I definitely consider to order from Heirloom rose again. Thanks
On March 29th, 2012, bluebuster77 added the following:
If I was the person to decide this ranking, Heirloom is the one of the Top 5 list.
After my 1st order was really made me satisfied (also it's my first own root roses and first rose to received earlier than others), I decide to order again from Heirloom. This time I ordered two David Austin roses, healthy, clean, non complicated professional packaging (Thank you) and of course fast delivery. Thanks again.
I'm sure roses are grow quick as first order, my first roses are ready to bloom in next a week or two. Awesome place to buy healthy roses. Like I said in first comment, plants seem small but there is multiple joints and ready to form bushy growth. I set Heirloom as my future resource to buy own root roses.
On Sep 5, 2011, glasspixel Herndon, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
Placed a very small order of three miniature roses. They came rather promptly and in excellent condition. The prices were decent, and on the third day of the roses being planted, they're already exhibiting signs of new growth.
I've been very pleased with my order and hope to be doing business again with them in the future.
I ordered 10 minis from Heirloom and all arrived in good condition. One died a couple of weeks later. I emailed the company and within the hour they had sent a response that they were sorry for my loss and will be mailing a replacement to me on Monday. Based on past reviews of this company I had mixed feelings but overall I must say that with this one order I am happy with the company and will remain happy so long as they keep their word and all the roses are true to name.
I ordered from them for the first time last year. Had previously always planted grafted roses. As others mention, was very surprised at the small size of the plants received; ordered maybe 20? roses and a couple had black spot and a couple were pretty wilted. I called them and they were very helpful on the phone. Planted all of them and most grew fairly well last year. Roughly in a zone 6 area. This year one did not make it-climber Don Juan-might be because of where it is since it wasn't doing well last year, but the rest are doing very well. The ground cover roses-Carpet of Color and Peachy Creeper are growing like crazy-easily 3-4 feet wide each plant with many many flowers. All the roses are mulched but I admit to not doing anything else "special" to them over the winter. I'd recommend them and plan on ordering more.
This is the second time I've ordered from Heirloom roses. Last time I placed a small order. This year I ordered about a dozen roses from them. So far, with one exception, everything is as expected. Plants are small but roots seem healthy. I know from past experience that next year will either reinforce or negate my rating as the second year is a more accurate measure of how smaller own-root rose plants do. So far I've only lost one rose ordered from Heirloom last year (The impressionist). It was planted next to Night Owl which is thriving but Impressionist, for some unknown reason, was quite dead this spring. Both were protected for the winter as is my usual practice (z5), but we never did get to see Impressionist bloom.
On Jul 9, 2011, LilyLover_UT Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:
I have been a long-time customer for over 15 years. I have 70 roses in my garden, all of which I bought from Heirloom. They are gorgeous, healthy plants.
This past winter was one of the harshest on record. My friends and neighbors lost most of their grafted roses. But I didn't lose a single rose. Some of them died back to the ground, but they all came back from the roots. And since they are on their own roots, not grafted, I don't have to worry about root-stock suckers.
The staff at Heirloom is helpful and friendly. I have always been 100% pleased with the service and the quality of the plants. Thank you!
I will be doing business with this company again in the future. I have ordered from them twice and both times have been extremely pleased with the plants I received. To those who are put off by receiving small plants: the small roses I received from Heirloom this spring are now (midsummer) four feet tall. Surprisingly, they've all even bloomed. It's safe to say that I'm satisfied with my experience with this company! :)
I love to visit Heirloom Roses after running the dogs at nearby Champoeg State Park. In early May the display gardens weren't yet blooming, but I browsed the greenhouse and came away with 5 miniature roses and two hybrid teas. I don't expect the greenhouse staff to know every detail about the hundreds of roses available and appreciate the ample supply of reference books and catalogs on a nearby shelf. These make it easy to read up on the varieties that interest me the most. One of the great things about gardening is the opportunity for educating oneself and I always come away from my trips to Heirloom Roses feeling more knowledgeable about rose care and varieties. Can't wait to go back in late June when the display gardens should be in full bloom!
All five of my miniatures are now in full bloom and look super sweet in boxes on my deck railing. Excellent little plants! They have varieties that none of the local nurseries carry and I have never been disappointed with what I've brought home.
So far so good! We received 4 different varieties as a gift, arrived in timely manner. Very small but very fresh and healthy looking plants. They have been in the yard for about 6 weeks now, growing slowly but still nice and healthy. I will probably order some more from this company for another part of the yard.
Ordered 3 Own Root Roses from them and got them very fast, within a week or so. The plants were a little too small than what I expected, but they looked healthy. I potted them first and then transferred them to our rose bed. They appear to be doing fine till now and hope they prosper in our garden for years to come.
My order arrived at the date I had specified and the plants were the size I expected from many years of past dealings with them. They have always been small plants and if people haven't ordered from them before or are used to grafted roses they may be surprised. I have never had one fail, so I can't comment on customer service after the sale.
On Apr 9, 2011, mizar5 Merritt Island, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I just bought several antique roses by mail order from Heirloom Roses and am very pleased!
I ordered online only 6 days ago and I already received the roses via USPS this morning; they went from Oregon to Florida in record time, I think. Wow!
Anyway, I would definitely use this company again for antique roses by mail order based on my experience so far. The roses I just received were very well packed and completely undamaged in transit. They are VERY healthy looking! I will plant them tomorrow.
Thank you Heirloom Roses, for the great service and product.
On Mar 30, 2011, museumgirl Royal Oak, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:
My Heirloom roses are beginning their third year in my garden, and all of them are doing great. I ordered a climber, and Alba, and a Rugosa. They arrived VERY small, as others have mentioned, but I think this was a good thing-they didn't suffer much shock, and by the second summer, they were pretty and had a few blooms. Then I received six miniatures as a gift-they bloomed the first year and are beautiful, dense bushes that bloomed all summer, even through the drought. I am very happy with my roses, and expect even better things from them this year.
Posted on April 19, 2009, updated September 7, 2010
I have ordered a few times from Heirloom Roses. Yes, some types of there roses are small plants when you receive them. But, being own -root roses they grow very fast! My plants were about 12 inches and I planted them late in June here in zone 6. The following year they quickly grew to over 3 1/2 ft high and almost 3 ft wide by july.
I like this company!
On May 21st, 2009, jim1961 added the following:
I just recently received another 4 rose plants from Heirloom Roses and have them planted. I recommend them highly!On May 29th, 2009, jim1961 added the following:
The 5 rose plants I received this past May 15, 2009 are doing good. Two Courageous own-root shrub/climber roses, these are about 6 inches in height. Two sweet afton hybrid tea roses, these are about 6 inches in height. One Precious Platinum hybrid tea rose, which was 10 inches in height. I'll let you know their size when the growing season is over here in zone 6, around late September 2009.
In 2007, I ordered 2 Precious Platinum hybrid tea roses. These were 12 inches in height when they arrived in July of 2007. April 1, 2008, I pruned them down to 8 inches. By July of 2008, these Precious Platinums were alittle over 3 1/2 ft tall in height and alittle over 2 1/2 ft wide and had awesome roses on them.
July 2008, I received a hybrid tea rose from Heirloom Roses called Love's Magic. It was 7 inches in height. While digging the hole I discovered a huge rock down about 6.5 inches. It was much too large to remove, so, I sat the rose on the rock and filled the soil back in around the rose. April 1, 2009, I pruned it from 14 inches to around 8 inches. As of today, May 28, 2009 it is now 20 inches and growing. Remember, this one is sitting on a rock. LOL
I'm very happy with Heirloom Roses and would recommend them highly!
On June 20th, 2009, jim1961 added the following:
The recent rose bushes I planted from Heirloom Roses on May 15, 2009 were almost 6 inches in height when planted.
As of today June 20, 2009, they are all 9 inches tall and 9 inches wide and growing with healthy leaves. I'm in zone 5/6.
They seem to have NO Transplant shock what-so-ever.On June 23rd, 2009, jim1961 added the following:
The Precious Platinum hybrid tea rose I planted in July of 2007 from Heirloom Roses will be 2 years old this coming July. It was 12 inches when first planted. It is measuring 4 ft. 3 inches tall and 3 ft wide as of today. There mature height is between 4.5-5.5 inches high X 3 ft wide. So, it's already close to mature size.
We have a shorter growing season here also in zone 5/6. I'm on the borderline of being in zone 5 or 6. Call it 5/6. LOLOn July 13th, 2009, jim1961 added the following:
Well, it's been close to 2 months now since I planted our new plants from Heirloom Roses this year on May 15, 2009 and all the plants were about 6 inches in height and width. The new Precious Platinum was 10 inches when planted.
Sweet Aftons are 9 inches high and 11 inches wide right now. They each bloomed 6 weeks after planting. They had 3 blooms on each plant. I left them bloom for awhile and then deadheaded the roses down to the first set of leaves, so, the plants lost 2-3 inches in height. The leaves and canes are looking very healthy!
Courageous are both just now starting to bloom. Two blooms on each plant. There heights are about 12 1/4 inches high and around 10 inches wide as of today. Again, leaves and canes looking great!
Our new Precious Platinum was 10 inches when planted. It is just now starting to bloom also. It has 3 blooms. Right now it is 17 3/4 inches high and 15 inches wide. Great looking canes and leaves!
All roses are planted in full sun and planting directions were followed. Bone Meal was added to the planting hole as directed. Cow manure was placed at the very bottom of the hole as directed. And I started fertilizing with organic fish/kelp, 4 weeks after planting. The Drammatic K fish/kelp (2:5:1 ratio) is a product I'm trying myself. (Heirloom Roses recommends Alaska Fish instead.)
I also am foliage feeding our roses with the fish/kelp every 2 weeks in early morning. Which is also my idea. So far, so good for us here. On September 7th, 2010, jim1961 added the following:
Heirloom roses are like army tanks here! Tough and ready to roll!
Never had a problem with any roses from Heirloom!
On Jul 23, 2010, kentstar Ravenna, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
Posted on May 13, 2010, updated July 23, 2010
Posted on July 17, 2009, updated May 13, 2010
This was my first purchase from Heirloom roses, and I am quite happy with the rose. I bought Westerland, and had to plant in mid July! It already has a nice new sprout of leaves growing! It also has had absolutely NO transplant shock and the leaves are a nice green! I am impressed! Especially considering this was a replacement for a bareroot John Cabot rose that died almost as soon as I planted him!
This year has been very disheartening for me in the rose purchases I've gotten, and to see this little Westerland moving right along gives me hope that all is not lost.
On July 26th, 2009, kentstar added the following:
Well, I just wanted to add that my Westerland rose is doing marvelously! It amazes me with 8 new shoots only 2 weeks out from planting in the ground! Westerland looks like it's healthy, vigorous, and a keeper. It has never missed a beat.
Thankyou Heirloom roses! On May 13th, 2010, kentstar added the following:
Just received my Pretty Jessica, and two Sleeping Beauty mini roses from Heirloom. They look great, if small. I haven't had a problem yet with Heirloom Roses. I bought a Westerland rose last year, and it is my most vigorous grower today! I can't wait to see it bloom this summer!
The roses were sent out at the correct planting time for me, and arrived very well packaged, and were still a little moist, which is great for having traveled from Oregon!
I will leave in their pots for a few days, so they can adjust to my climate, then they are going in larger pots for the summer.
Thankyou again Heirloom roses!On July 23rd, 2010, kentstar added the following:
Just wanted to mention this... My Westerland rose is the largest growing rose in my garden now! It has far outperformed even my William Baffin rose that was planted about the same time last year. My Pretty Jessica is doing great and so are the mini roses Sleeping Beauty. Awesome company with great roses! Thankyou!
Wow - my two climbing roses were healthier than any I have bought locally. The plants are at least 12- 14 inches tall and extremely a gorgeous deep green color. There is new growth on the tips - I am very pleased with them.
Have ordered many times from this company. Great service. Their roses arrive young and somewhat small, but very healthy. Most grew into lush, wonderful plants in a couple of years. I love having "own root" roses. They seem hardier, and you don't have the heartbreak of discovering that the rose that came up this year is Dr. Huey! Have not ordered lately because with 82 roses it's time to stop the madness! Thanks Heirloom Roses for my beautiful garden.
My beautiful roses arrived today with not one broken branch even though they were packed in a box that made me wonder how it could possibly contain 11 roses. Well they are tiny but look robust and I am very pleased. Shipping charges were excessive but where else can you get the variety and the professional service. I did have to make 3 changes to the order including a cancellation of several roses and then an addition of 4 more roses and a shipping date change and their staff handled all the changes politely and correctly. I can't wait to order some miniatures, as soon as I get these holes dug.
These are the best roses I have ever worked with. Between my father (who had hundreds) and myself, we purchased from nearly every mail order rose company in the US. Heirloom is the BEST. Those who have had bad results, I suspect are not FOLLOWING THE DIRECTIONS.
WATER them when you get them.
Dig a TWO FOOT HOLE, (not 18 inches, not a foot, not what you think you should dig, TWO FEET. A BIG HOLE means 24x24 inches, not 12, or 20, or 15). The ONLY time I've ever had a "bad" (and I mean less than spectacular) result from an Heirloom rose was when I got lazy, the digging got hard and I gave up after about 18 inches. Two years later, I finally gave up, dug it up, re-dug the hole, followed the directions for proper drainage and lo and behold, it's as vigorous as all the others.
There is a simple and informative brochure that comes with the roses. TREAT IT LIKE A BIBLE and you will have success!!!
On Mar 19, 2010, loveblossoms CA United States (Zone 8b) wrote:
Posted on March 10, 2009, updated March 19, 2010
I LOVE Heirloom Roses! They are my first choice when considering own-root roses. I've purchased 10 roses from them so far and I am always eager to buy from them again. Heirloom produces the highest quality own-root rose plants I've ever seen. It is a complete joy to watch these lovelies grow! They are healthy, graceful and hardy plants. Unlike other rose growers, I am new to rose growing in general and own-root roses in particular. I personally find it a real joy to nurture such adorable young seedlings. If you're new to gardening and are excited about playing a larger role in raising your plants from their sweet beginnings in the garden as I am, I think you will find Heirloom Roses to be a perfect match for you. They are for me. I realize other gardeners might be more inclined to purchase more mature plants for the instant gratification, but I personally think that takes the purpose and fun out of "gardening." Laurel Anderson is a gem. She is always helpful, thoughtful and personable in answering all of my questions. Heirloom also packs all of their plants exceptionally well for shipping. I highly recommend. God's grace is definitely on this wonderful vendor.
On March 19th, 2010, loveblossoms added the following:
Heirloom Roses is one of the BEST rose vendors I have ever dealt with and their charming rose plants are truly spectacular. It really amuses me to hear self-professed veteran "rosarian" gardeners tell their Heirloom Roses horror stories (with regard to plant performance). I am a NEWBIE rose gardener---I literally began rose gardening the moment I received my first order of roses from Heirloom...last season!---and in general, a serious gardening NOVICE. Quite honestly, I couldn't kill one of Heirloom's roses even if I deliberately premeditated their deaths. Heirloom roses are dainty but they are by no means "weak" in maturity, lacking in sustainability, or of poor quality or performance. I suppose it would be very easy for any rose grower or gardener who has never experienced young own-root seedlings such as the ones Heirloom produces to unfairly assess or make the mistake of underestimating the potential of their rose plants. They are small indeed...but, SO WHAT? They're alive and healthy miracles! Unfortunately, due to their stature Heirloom's roses are easily written-off and discriminated against as being fragile and mediocre plant material. This is just not so and couldn't be further from the truth. Heirloom's roses are little dynamos. If I didn't know any better as a seasoned rosarian myself (chuckle), I would have likely hesitated to give them a chance, too. But, being the beginner that I am, I decided to *back-off* from the beginning and just patiently wait for these little rose bundles to teach me something new. The results have been delightfully rewarding. Solid perfection these infant roses. Resilient and now brilliantly blooming in their second season stronger and lovelier than ever. Heirloom's rose bushes might be young and meek, but they are far from a disaster. These plants are supremely fit for the elements as demonstrated in my open garden over the crazy winter even in their seemingly delicate-appearing state. They have become very robust with time and, at least for me, are a complete joy to grow. I have to wonder if perhaps some gardeners who have experienced trouble with the performance of Heirloom's roses are likely applying too much "TLC" to the detriment of these little soldiers? Perhaps they are killing them with "love." That is my theory, at least. If you have never purchased from Heirloom but are contemplating giving them a try, I would highly recommend them and would not be scared off by the negative ratings produced here on the Watchdog.