How to Exhibit Classic Shrub Roses


While some gardeners grow roses for the pure beauty, fragrance or culinary purposes, others grow the flowers in order to exhibit them in shows. Rose societies all over North America provide opportunities for gardeners to showcase their classic rose shrubs, which are the most common type of roses to exhibit in shows for their colors and hardiness. Classic roses, otherwise known as old-fashioned roses, are a cross between Oriental and European varieties. When exhibiting classic roses, it is important that you prepare the flower properly.

Step 1

Pick out the strongest, largest-forming bud about 30 days before the show. Prune away all of the other buds on the stem with sharp, clean pruning scissors. Secure the bud to a wooden stake with a plant tie or twine to give it some added support.

Step 2

Spray the rose bud with an insecticide a couple weeks before the show to prevent any possible infestations.

Step 3

Water the rose generously so the petals and flower will be moist and have a balanced shape and rich color.

Step 4

Cut the rose stem the night before the show with the bypass pruners. Cut the stem so it's around seven times longer than the actual flower. Place the flower with the cutting in the refrigerator.

Step 5

Recut the stem the morning of the show about 1 inch from the bottom before bringing it to the rose show. Bring all appropriate information about the rose variety and how it was prepared and cared for.

Things You'll Need

  • American Rose Society's rule book
  • Pruning scissors
  • Twine
  • Wooden stake
  • Bypass shears
  • Refrigerator
  • Insecticide


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Keywords: exhibiting roses, growing shrub roses, showing roses

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