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American Rose Society ratings

  • May 13, 2023
  • Would you like to buy a rose bush for your Mother? Many people choose a rose bush by color only. I would suggest you look at the ARS ratings too. The American Rose Society has official ratings for every commercially available rose. The rating is given for overall performance: vigor, disease resistance, flower form, and quickness of repeat bloom. Each year the American Rose Society (ARS) publishes the “Handbook for Selecting Roses.” Rose growers nationwide evaluate and report on rose performance; the results are tabulated by the ARS and included in the Handbook. Roses are rated on a scale of 0 to 10; ratings include the following:

    7.8 to 8.2 = A solid to very good rose
    8.3 to 8.7 = A very good to excellent rose
    8.8 to 9.2 = An outstanding rose
    9.3 to 10 = One of the best roses ever

    Although bare root season is closed, you can still find beautiful roses in containers.

  • Katie Martin