Here you’ll find answers to questions we get asked most often. If you don’t see your question answered here, please email us.
What months are your roses available?
Typically we begin to see buds near the end of March and the first roses are ready to cut by mid April. Our season extends into December, weather permitted. Our farm closes December 15th through March 31. During this time we are pruning and getting the farm ready for the next season. Roses are not available over the winter months.
How long do your roses last?
Field grown grown garden roses are a different breed than greenhouse grown roses which are grown to have an extended vase life. Garden roses are fragile and require water at all times once cut. Most varieties will typically look great for 5 days if cut as a semi-open bud, chilled/hydrated and properly handled.
How far in advance should I order roses for an event?
You are welcome to send us as many orders as you’d like for the season at any time. We receive around 100 requests each week during wedding season, so the earlier you send your orders, the more likely we are to have roses for your events. Orders the week of an event can be harder to fill as there are many weeks that we sell out early. We are usually able to tell how many roses we will have about 10 days before the date we’d need to cut them for your event. Our mediterranean climate is prime rose growing territory, but even our “perfect” weather can cause production to slow down. Roses will conserve energy (not bloom) in extreme heat and will also slow way down during chilly weather. If we foresee any issues filling your order we will let you know as soon as possible so you can make alternate plans.
How can I find out information about a specific variety of rose you grow?
You are welcome to email us if you have a question about one of our roses, but for a faster answer, please go to HelpMeFind and use the search/lookup tool to find a wealth of information about nearly every variety of rose ever bred.
How much does shipping cost?
Pricing for our roses has shipping included. This information is available on our Shipping Orders page.
What are “slow flowers”?
Slow flowers are locally-grown, American flowers. Origin matters and our roses are grown with love. Click for more information on sourcing slow flowers.
Are your roses organic?
Organic granular and liquid fertilizers are fed to our roses. To make our roses produce continually, they are fed weekly while being watered, otherwise known as fertigation. We also incorporate organic soil amendments at the time of planting. The soil we grow our roses in is not certified organic.
Do you spray your roses for bugs and disease?
We spray our roses with fungicides and pesticides as preventative measures. Powdery mildew and rust are diseases common to roses in southern California. With the amount of rose bushes we have, disease is passed among plants quickly if not prevented and treated. Western flower thrips, chili thrips and spider mites are the worst pests we encounter and roses must be treated regularly during the growing season to keep populations down. Pests multiply rapidly and can destroy the blooms and foliage of roses. For the safety of our workers and designers who handle our roses, all fungicides and pesticides are OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) rated. We also release beneficial insects (lady buds, lace wings, praying mantis) to keep pest populations under control.
Do you sell rose plants?
We do not offer plants for sale, however we recommend several sources for beautiful roses. If you’re in the LA area, we suggest you visit Otto and Sons Nursery in Fillmore. They are the largest specialty rose nursery in California and have over 100,000 roses growing at their 22 acre nursery. The majority of our roses have been purchased from our friends at Otto and Sons. For online ordering of bare roots or bands, we recommend David Austin Roses for English varieties, Angel Gardens, Burlington Roses, Restoration Roses and Rogue Valley Roses for antique and rare varieties, and Edmunds’ Roses for their vast selection of modern roses. If there’s a rose you’re looking to add to your garden, join HelpMeFind and use the search/lookup tool to find the rose and see nurseries that grow it.
How are your roses watered and are roses drought tolerant?
We are very fortunate to have our roses watered from a well and do not have to rely upon city water. We designed a drip irrigation system that ensures each plant gets the same amount of water. We water for 2 to 3 hours three times per week. During the hottest months, the roses will get more water and during dormancy months they require no water except occasional rainfall. All rose exhibitors and hobbyists we know agree roses require quite a lot of water to produce bounties of large blooms. If you have a rose bush that isn’t producing blooms, most likely it needs more water. Roses can be drought tolerant if they are not being grown for bloom production and have an established root system. Roses, like all plants, don’t like to have the soil around their roots dry out. It should always be cool and slightly moist like a kitchen sponge. Mulching will keep roses happiest and help conserve water. If a rose bush has leaves or tender new growth that is wilted, it needs water right away. Yellowing of the leaves from the bottom up usually means the rose is thirsty.
I’m not a florist. Can I order roses from you?
At this time we are only able to offer our garden roses to floral designers with a seller’s permit.
I’m a bride and want to do my own flowers. Can I order roses from you?
We appreciate your interest in our garden roses, but at this time we are only able to offer our roses to floral designers with a seller’s permit. We are happy to recommend florists throughout the country who use our roses and may be able to do flowers for your wedding.
Are your roses available anywhere for the public to purchase?
We are working to make our roses available as bouquets for the public and will update this page with new information.
Are you hiring or offering internships?
Please email us to inquire about employment and internships.
Are you able to donate or discount your roses for my styled shoot or workshop?
Please contact us for inquiries pertaining to us discounting or donating our roses. We consider each request on a case by case basis.
Can I visit your farm?
We regret we are currently unable to allow visitors at our farm. Our roses are grown on farmland within a 100 acre working ranch where there are multiple growers and large farm machinery at work everyday. Due to liability issues, only our staff is insured to be on the farm. All local orders are picked up from our cooler in Thousand Oaks.
Do you allow photo shoots at your farm?
Please contact us for information regarding photo shoots at our farm.
Do you hold weddings at your farm?
We do not hold weddings at our farm, however our field is adjacent to Walnut Grove, a beautiful outdoor wedding venue in Moorpark, CA.
You grow many David Austin roses. Why don’t I see Juliet, Patience, Keira, etc. available?
We grow over 50 David Austin Garden Rose varieties bred for growing in outdoor gardens. David Austin Wedding Roses are not garden grown or field grown and usually not even grown in the United States. Growing David Austin Wedding Roses requires a license and greenhouse growing operations. Many wholesalers import David Austin Wedding Roses from South American growers, so they are readily available.
How do I handle roses once I receive them?
Once your roses are cut from our plants, they are immediately hydrated in outdoor hose water with Chrysal RosePro Hydration to prevent premature opening of blooms. All roses are chilled in our cooler for 24-36 hours before being sent to you. Once you receive your roses, cut 1/4″ from the stems on a 45 degree angle and put them in a clean bucket of outdoor water and Chrysal RosePro. Do not use kitchen tap water that has been softened. You should remove any leaves below the water line as bacteria that can shorten the life of your roses may grow. Garden roses should be stored in a floral cooler when you’re not working with them. If you do not have a cooler, they should be kept in the coolest part of your workspace and out of direct sunlight. We do not recommend storing garden roses in a refrigerator that contains fruit, as ethylene gas will spoil the roses.
Why are some roses open and some still closed when they arrive?
We cut roses as semi-open buds so they will look their best after shipping and stay fresh through your event. Once garden roses are cut from the plants they open very quickly when not in a cooler so you will want to store your roses in a cooler to prevent them from opening too much before your event. Roses will continue to open during your event. One of the most charming and beautiful things about garden roses is seeing them and arranging with them in their various stages.
Can you guarantee specific varieties for my order?
You are welcome to request specific varieties when you place an order, and we will do our best to accommodate you, however we cannot always guarantee the roses you want will be “cooperating” at the exact time of your order. Our roses were chosen because they’re known as continual or repeat bloomers. This means they will bloom every 4-6 weeks starting in spring or bloom continuously. Weather can shorten or increase the length of time between bloom cycles. We watch our plants carefully and know when they are coming into bloom, however we cannot predict which plants will be blooming much more than two (2) weeks prior to your order. For this reason, we have chosen to fill orders by cutting the freshest, most beautiful roses we currently have matching the colors you’ve requested.