Frequently Asked Questions

  1. +Why should I consider growing antique roses?

    Here is what we have found:  Old garden roses are time-tested survivors.  Many have resided in old neighborhoods and cemeteries happily growing with no care from human hands.  They are tougher and more resilient than modern roses that were produced mainly for cut flowers or exhibition purposes.

  2. +What can I expect when ordering roses from ARE?

    The Antique Rose Emporium sells two gallon, own root antique roses for $19.95 plus shipping and handling.  We do not graft or bud.  These year old, own root roses have a very fiberous root system and weigh about 8 pounds each.

  3. +What is ARE's guarantee?

    The Antique Rose Emporium (ARE) guarantees our roses to be true to name.  We will gladly make a ONE time replacement of the same rose or a refund of the purchase price of the rose (less shipping and handling) for up to six (6) months from the date of receipt.  Please do not hold ARE responsible for plant loss due to weather conditions beyond our control: drought, heat, flood, tornado etc or bad cultural practices like over fertilization.  We do ask that you carefully select roses hardy in your climatic zone and that you accept delivery at the recommended planting time for you area.

  4. +What should I do if I suffer a loss?

    If you have concerns about your rose shipment, please contact us at 800-441-0002 immediately.  If you suffer a plant loss within six (6) months of receipt, return the plastic name label and $5.00 for each rose (to cover shipping) with your letter indicating if you would like a replacement (like kind) or a refund of the purchase price of the rose (less shipping and handling.)  If we are still shipping, we will send your replacement immediately.  All the plants are individually tagged with a plastic name label containing all the pertinent purchase information.

  5. +Where can I find basic antique rose culture?

    Visit our rose culture site at

  6. +I hate to use chemicals in my garden. Do these roses require spraying?

    Many of our collection are naturally tougher and more resilient making chemical sprays unnecessary.  This inherent disease resistance has allowed them to survive making them a better choice for modern homeowners not wishing to spray.

  7. +When, how and what do I feed my roses?

    We have found that using organic based fertilizers has been beneficial in promoting the appearance, duration and sustainability of our gardens.  Our philosophy of “feed the soil” so the soil can feed the plants has worked best for us.  Use mulches derived from native barks on established gardens, add composted manures or leaf mold to existing soil before planting new plants.  This can be done year round.

  8. +Where can I plant my roses?

    We have found that these roses are best when planted in gardens with other plants like perennials, annuals and herbs.  They have diverse shapes and sizes both in plant and flower which give them infinite uses as landscape and garden plants.  They are not happy relegated to the rectangular flowerbeds, “prisons” in which most modern Hybrid Teas reside. Full sun exposure is best.

  9. +How do I train my climbing rose?

    Climbing roses need a somewhat more ruthless yet easily attainable method of training.  All available canes should be tied on the structure (trellises, fences, arbors, entryways, pergolas, etc) that it is to adorn.  Any excess or unwieldy canes should be removed.  The resultant structure is kept tidy never allowing the climbing rose to explode into uncontrolled chaos.  Only climbing roses planted to naturalize areas like back fences, forest edge or outbuildings are fine if left to their own devices.  The best time to train is twice a year before spring and fall growth.

  10. +Is there a right or wrong way to prune roses?

    Unlike modern roses which require rigorous and exacting pruning methods, our selection of antique roses are much more forgiving.  Pruning shrub roses requires little more than just “shaping” the bush to fit into the garden setting it shares with its other companions.  We do this every early spring and fall to help promote bloom.

  11. +Do these roses have a fragrance?

    The fragrance of many of these roses is much more apparent than of modern roses.  Fragrance adds to the enjoyment of these roses often stimulating a memory or creating an emotional tie for future memories. Roses vary in fragrance but some hints you will find are citrus, fresh tea leaves, green apple, pepper, raspberries and myrrh.

  12. +What are EarthKind roses?

    The EarthKind roses are an attempt to promote success, as screened by the Texas Agrilife Service through Texas A & M University.  Roses originally selected from our stock were chosen for this program.  It is an ongoing testing program and many more roses will likely share this accolade.

  13. +Why don't you ship year round?

    We have found that we can successfully ship a two gallon rose from mid September through mid May.  However, when our Texas temperatures start to rise into the 90's, the plants suffer while in transit.  Therefore, we stop shipping during the hot summer months and resume when it gets a little cooler in September.  Hardgoods, like books and gift certificates, will ship immediately.

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