cart • checkout
About Spring Valley Roses
Spring Valley Roses is located in Spring Valley, Wisconsin. We've
been in business since 1990 and specialize in winter hardy roses
and plants for birds.
We started as a mail-order nursery, then added on-farm retail in
1995. The spring of 2006 was our last year for on-farm retail. We've
gone back to our original roots and are now we're a mailorder-only
nursery. Spring Valley Roses is located in rural Spring Valley,
Wisconsin. We're located in hardiness Zone 4.
Plants can be ordered online through
this Web site from January through early May. Plants are shipped
bareroot and dormant from early April to mid May.
At Spring Valley Roses, we offer high-quality plants all grown
on their own roots that can survive in cold climates and can tolerate
or show resistance to common diseases. For our roses, we use the
American Nursery Standards as our guide to provide our customers
with grade #1 plants. We also believe that roses are best on their
own roots -- especially in northern climates. Own-root roses are
more true to size for each variety and can survive severe winters
better than budded roses.
About Our Plants
This is a typical grade #1, two-year-old bareroot rose plant
that you'll receive from Spring Valley Roses.
Spring Valley Roses specializes in winter hardy roses and plants
for birds. All of our plants have to be tough to handle our climate
-- particularly our cold winters. We're located in
hardiness Zone 4, which can experience winter temperatures of
-30 degrees F or colder.
Our roses are large, grade #1, two-year old, field-grown plants
that are healthy and ready to grow in your garden! All of the roses
are grown on their own roots (unless noted) and are not grafted
to rootstock of a different variety. We have found that own-root
roses tend to be more winter hardy and truer to size.
What's grade #1? Grade #1 is a standard size defined in the American
Nursery Standards and established by the American Nursery and Landscape
Association. Grade #1 requires that roses in this grade have a well-developed
root system and that canes have proportionate weight and caliper
according to variety. Learn more about the American
Standard for Nursery Stock.
Our flowering shrubs are generously sized and are some of the largest
available through mailorder. Our shrubs are also graded according
to American Nursery Standards, which specifies stem length, girth
and a well-developed root system.
Your plants will arrive with their roots dipped in a moist gel,
placed in a plastic bag that is inside a sturdy cardboard box. We
include planting instructions with each order.
How Long Before They Bloom? Our roses are two-year
old plants and have the potential to bloom the first year. HOWEVER!!
Please note that it takes up to three years for a rose to reach
its mature size when it's grown properly. The first year, the roots
grow. The second year, the top grows. And the third year, it will
reach its mature size. Please note that it can take some flowering
shrubs much longer to reach their mature size, depending on the
species and variety.
Plant Guarantee: We guarantee that our plants
are true to name and will arrive alive (although dormant) and in
good condition when they are shipped to you. If a dormant plant
fails to grow, please contact us within one month after receiving
the plant and we will refund the purchase price of your plants.
Please note that sometimes it can take a few weeks for a plant to
emerge from dormancy. We can't guarantee against weather related
problems, soil, insect or disease problems, or gardening problems.
We have grown all the plants that we sell, so we know that they
will survive our climate in average gardening conditions that provide
for basic soil and moisture needs and disease and pest protection.
We provide good planting instructions with each order and have lots
of information on this Web site to help you grow your plants. Please
treat your plants like you would your pets by providing at least
for their basic needs.
you'd like, you can take a virtual tour
of our display gardens. This includes photos from various spots
in our gardens and nursery taken in June, when most roses are in
full bloom. We can't transmit fragrance over the Web just yet, so
you'll have to use your imagination!
If you have any questions about our nursery or about hardy roses,
check out our Questions and Answers
section, or send us an note.
More About Our Roses
The roses we offer to you have been trialed in our gardens-- without
winter protection--for at least 2, and more likely, 3 winters. This
gives us a chance to see how well they can survive our climate.
We've been "taken in" by claims of hardiness before, only to be
very disappointed. So we won't offer anything to you that we haven't
proven to survive winter temperatures of -30 below.
With that in mind, however, sometimes harsh winter conditions can
test the limits of a rose' hardiness -- even in warmer climates.
A sudden drop in temperature can severely stress a rose that hasn't
been acclimated to cold just yet, causing winter injury.
We have found that winter hardiness can mean three things:
- Hardy to the ground level. The top growth dies
completely to the ground (like a perennial), but the roots survive
and sprout new growth in the spring.
- Hardy to the "snowline." The top growth dies
back to about 1 foot above the ground or the snowline.
- Hardy to the tip. No cane dieback at all. This
is our personal favorite.
In any hardiness zone, weather
is the all-powerful factor that determines how a rose plant will
survive through each winter. In addition, where you plant your rose,
how you take care of it, and the plant's condition as it enters
winter will all affect how it survives your winters.
to winter hardiness, our biggest "claim to fame" is that all of
our roses are grown on their own roots. Now, we can argue 'til the
cows come home, about whether own-root roses are better than budded
roses. Instead, I'll just quote a statement from the famous English
gardener and author, Gertrude Jekyll, who wrote in her book, Roses
for English Gardens, the following:
"[Own-root roses] are much longer lived, they give more
bloom, they bloom more continuously, and they throw up no troublesome
She also continues to write,
"...own root Roses...fulfil their best purpose as true
And, one last quote,
"There is also a satisfaction in knowing just what one
is growing. If a Rose is on its own roots there is no doubt about
In our experience, I will also add that own-root roses appear
to be much more winter hardy than their grafted counterparts. But
in the final analysis, it's up to you, the rose gardener, to make
your own choices and opinions about own-root vs. grafted. The debate
Most of the varieties we offer are very tolerant of common rose
foliar diseases; specifically, blackspot and powdery mildew. These
days it's important to minimize our use of chemicals, and the best
way to do that is to grow roses that don't need to be sprayed to
Generally, roses are very resilient plants and you may never notice
disease problems on your plants. However, when disease does occur,
it's best to treat it before it gets worse. It also helps to understand
what can cause disease problems in order to help prevent them from
occuring. For more information on disease prevention and control,
including organic techniques, visit our dealing
with bugs and disease pages.
All of our roses are sold when they are two-years old and are grade
#1 size. Selling larger plants costs us more and takes more time
to grow, but it really helps ensure their survival in your garden
and your satisfaction with the roses you order from us.