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  • Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 13:11:17 -0400

I didn't want to post this to the forum, because I don't want to 'bad
mouth' anyone/entity where I don't know necessarily all the facts. I didn't
say anything earlier to you because you don't have any control over
Certified. You seem to be very happy with them and have a long working
relationship with them, but I wanted to let you know what I saw as negatives
with them.

1) Initially I couldn't find your roses. It turns out I was looking too
soon. (WalMart was completely worthless in trying to determine if they were
going to get particular varieties of roses (actually I did get to see that
the roses arrive in large boxes and the boxes are labeled 'fragrant roses',
with no specific varieties called out). I really wanted to get Hopie Girl
and Golden Age as breeding stock, so I began to feel 'desperate'. So I
tracked down Certified's number and called them. I know they're strictly
wholesalers and maybe they have rose nuts calling them all the time, but I
was hoping they could point me to other retailers I could buy from. The
person I reached was very curt. The conversation was basically "We're sold
out for the year. <Click>" Which made me feel even moreso that I wouldn't be
able to get HG and GA.

2) Roses Found! WalMart got in HG and GA. They were sold as 'premium' roses
which meant they were in peat pots in bags instead of bags alone. This says
to me they value your roses above the run of the mill varieties. Instead of
planting the peat pot as they suggest, I've learned from reading and
experience to still treat the rose like a bagged rose and remove all the
packing and soak the rose. When I opened the peat pots I was disturbed to
find out that the rose roots were cut back further and more damaged in order
to fit the peat pots than most roses I've purchased in bags (and I've
purchased quite a few that way).

In retrospect, the roses have grown fine, but I would have liked to see that
their product meant a little more to them.

One rumor I'd like you to comment on, if you could. I read somewhere (I
believe on the Internet) that Certified has an issue with RMV in their
rootstocks. Do you have any knowledge about this?

Thanks for 'listening'. Take care.

Chris Mauchline
SE PA, zone 6
40° 5' N    75° 51'W
~650 ft elevation

  • [NAFEX] Certified, Mauch1, 06/18/2004

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