Yesterday I received six bands from this nursery. Let me just say that the packing of these plants was ridiculously excessive. I nearly killed them trying to get the tape off of their pots. I spent a good half hour trying to free them from this overkill of taping them to the box, each other, and the plants themselves. Invest in some reasonable form of packing, especially when you charge an inordinately high cost for shipping. (Take a clue from Santa Rosa Gardens - they have simple, quality packing and don't charge for extra for it).
The bands were reasonably healthy - especially the New Dawns - and Blossomtime had a bloom on it. However, the others are a little wilted, but I will reserve judgment as it is late in the summer. We shall see . . .
On May 6, 2010, stone_garden Burtonsville, MD wrote:
This was my first time ordering from Rogue Valley Roses so I will leave the rating neutral for now. For me, they were a pricey splurge on two favorite oldies that I once purchased at a third of the cost (sigh) - but they were the only place I could find the old miniature "Strawberry Swirl" and I ordered an old favorite "Medallion" as well. Did appreciate the VERY careful packing - these are bands and the miniature seems like what I typically receive, a healthy cutting with buds and new growth that (hope) will fill a pot by summer's end. The hybrid tea was smaller than I would have expected (10" or so) but seems healthy enough. Will carefully grow these on in pots as per enclosed detailed instructions. The price (for me) was high but at least there are nurseries preserving old varieties in a world swamped with "Knockout" shrub roses. Will change rating when I have more information as to the amount of roots, for now these are resting after a long trip - but yes, for now I would say feel confident if purchasing from these growers.
First time buyer. I ordered 4 bands. Packaging-great, shipping-fast, customer service-superb, merchandise-not so much...Cuttings is a better phrase than bands to describe them. I could overlook the size but the invisible "presence" of root system is a more serious issue. I'm crossing my fingers...I'm hoping that their class strength (Alba, Gallica and Damask) will pull them thru.
This was my first experience with band roses( and ordering plants online), and honestly, I was pleasantly surprised!
The roses came healthy, happy, and even blooming (i nipped that in the bud...haha).
The communication from Rogue Valley Roses was friendly and helpful, the website has a great search feature to find the exact rose you're looking for, and their prices are very reasonable!
I look forward to ordering from them again!
On April 9th, 2009, michelleyk changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
Well, after a year, my band roses are slightly stunted and 3 have simply died. My other roses (including some bare roots purchased a month ago) are flourishing happily under the exact same conditions.
I don't think that I'm cut out for growing band roses. While I was very excited to find Paul Barden cultivars, but unfortunately since they're so delicate and small they simply don't do well for me.
If they ever make the Paul Barden roses available in bare root or 5 gallons I may make another attempt, but not at this time! :)
On Jan 31, 2007, Thesniffer Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:
My first time ordering from Rogue Valley went smoothly, good website, good service.
I am a bit disappointed in the size of the bands however. Only half the diameter of a pencil and one with no signs of new growth, the other three do have some new growth buds. I'll buy from there again, but the bands should be a last resort only option.