Posted: 15/05/2017 at 07:25
When you buy DA roses you're buying relatively new varieties so the cost of their development and promotion is incorporated in the price. Longer established rose varieties usually cost less.
And yes, as with other commodities, the price often does reflect quality ... You pay more for a fabulous meal in a Michelin starred restaurant than you pay for a burger from a van in a layby.
Bare root roses are lifted and cooled in the late autumn/winter and they go into dormancy as roses do in the winter. They should be planted by late winter/early spring (Feb)so they can wake up at the normal time for roses and get growing ... That way they hardly notice they've been moved.
Bare root roses being planted later in the spring are going to take much longer to get going.
Also, those sold at reduced sale prices at the end of the bare root season are likely not to be of top quality - they are what is left ... Stands to reason they will need a bit more tlc.