Receipt And Storage

Receiving Your Roses

Your bareroot roses will arrive in large, plastic-lined corrugate cartons. Each carton contains approximately 100 roses, bundled by variety. Five roses are in each bundle.

Upon receipt, check the number of cartons against the manifest. If there are any carton discrepancies or any missing carton numbers, report it to Weeks Roses within 24 hours of receipt. Call 800-992-4409 or e-mail

Tags: Grade #1 and 3X bareroot roses should have metal tags attached. Half-grade roses will be sent with metal tags that the grower can attach at the time of potting. Hanging book tags are packaged separately with their own packing slip.

Storing Your Roses

Unopened cartons can be stored safely for up to a week in a cool, dark, dry area that is safe from freezing or other extreme temperature fluctuations. Remember, the ideal temperature for storage is 34° F.

Ethylene Warning: Even small amounts of ethylene (as little as 1 ppm) can kill roses. Take precautions against exposing your roses to ethylene.

  • Do not use propane-powered forklifts in refrigeration units containing roses.
  • Never store roses in refrigeration units containing produce or floral products.
  • Be aware of common ethylene producers: apples, avocados, apricots, bananas, figs, melons, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums and tomatoes.

Sweating Your Roses

Proper hydration gets your roses off to a successful start. Before potting, water your roses and, if at all possible, sweat them. Note: If roses are going into an environment that is less than 56°F during the day, do not sweat them.

Sweat your bareroot roses in the plastic-lined carton. Spray plain water on the roses, then close the plastic liner and close the box. Store the closed carton at 60-70°F and away from sunlight. When the eyes have grown 1/8 to 1/4" long (about 5-7 days), then plant the roses. Further growth without light will compromise plant growth.

Note: If your potted roses do not break within two weeks of planting, notify customer service immediately.

If multiple plants don't break: Water with plain water and cover with a 1 or 2 mil plastic tarp or sheeting. Check daily for bud break and remove the plastic as soon as the eyes have grown 1/8".

If single plants don't break: Water with plain water and cover with a plastic bag. Check daily for bud break and remove the plastic bag as soon as eyes have grown 1/8".