This is the Roseraie page where I show how I propagate and grow for retail sale rose varieties that are locally hard to find, cold hardy and disease resistant. Links at bottom of page. Click the picture for a larger image that may be studied more closely or saved as wallpaper.

On left above I combined 'Pauls Himalayan Musk, 'Complicata' and 'William Baffin'). On the right are roses on drip line in the field at the flowering shrub farm.

We plant several of each variety in prepared soil along drip lines in the nursery like these two above Albertine on the left planted in 2016 (click picture for a larger image and check date the picture was taken in the lower right hand corner) and Rosa damascena Ispahan on the right that was planted maybe 10 years ago (additional roses planted along drip line shown at bottom of page). It may take several years before we start taking cuttings from them.

Hundreds of cuttings are then taken and stuck in one of our outdoor misting facilities either mist using an electronic leaf like on the left or mist interval using a timer as on the right.

Cuttings that have rooted are potted up and grown on drip line until they flower, are identified, labeled, had a price sticker attached, similar plants grouped together and pictures taken for the newsletter.

In Spring we take roses from the cold box where they have been protected during the winter from mice and rabbits and line them up on drip line where they will get lots of sunlight, they can be fertilized easily with a handful of Espoma Rose Tone each month and they will get watered. The drip lines can water each potted plant with a half gallon of water per hour (I walk along looking for those not properly aligned with the drip emitter, kicking the pot into a better position so the water drips into the pot).

being packaged for mail order

I can send plants to the following states without having to have them inspected; Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming (I cut the address out of your email printout and stick it to the package). Other states, not listed, require additional charges for an inspection by the Agriculture Dept. and have to be sent bare root while dormant usually the next year in March or April.

In June and July as they flower I verify the identity of each variety and attach a price sticker.

In July, August and September I take cuttings and place them under mist (either mist using an electronic leaf like on the left or mist interval using a timer as on the right). The mist keeps the air around plants or cuttings moist, the leaf surfaces cool and yet doesn't affect the temperature of the soil that has to remain between 60 and 70 degrees for cuttings to root.

schneekopp, schneezwerg

Above are pictures of the Hybrid Rugosa Roses 'Schneekopp' and 'Schneezwerg' taken in August. Roses that will grow really large get planted at the end of the drip line, smaller ones get planted every 12 feet along side the drip line (below left is 4 seasons in ground along side the drip line).

Four Seasons Autumn Damask Rose planted next to the drip line at a 12 foot interval (4 Four seasons roses that will grow to around three feet tall are planted every 12 feet along here).

january dripline where roses have been stored in cold box

pot in pot

Roses hardy to zone 3 planted in 7 gallon pots that we will use as a source of cuttings in summer placed on drip line and in winter placed pot in pot their roots surrounded by mulch. Rooted cuttings are sometimes grown this way until they are larger.


Cold box 1 along side of the cold frame is used as a table in summer, then the tops are opened and the plants are placed inside for the winter.

cold box 1 in coldframe getting covered and with the lid open so we can examine them.

Roses closed in cold box 2 in the upper field, their yellow labels showing an abreviation of what we think they may be or a number. I can go looking for a variety in the box, then take a picture so the label can be read.

Each 4 foot by 4 foot cell in cold box 2

last of the 4 by 4 cells, cuttings ispahan

la belle sultane, stanwell perpetual

We grow large roses like these in raised beds or 45 gallon pots that we can take cuttings from.

fantin latour, pauls himalayan musk

ispahan, rose hedge with Pauls Himalayan Musk, William Baffin and Complicata.

city of york, alchymist

Four Seasons autumn damask, Dortmund Climber

ispahan, leverkusen

new dawn, goldfinch


cuttings roseraie de l'hay, cuttings henry hudson