Galetta Nurseries Guarantee
I guarantee.... that the roses I sell you will survive winters here with no special protection. The guarantee is for a full year. If the rose dies, I will replace it with equivalent stock or for a credit note.
For any replacement under a guarantee, you must present your original bill, and the plant itself.
You guarantee... to take care of the roses you purchase!
Roses are living things: they need water, food, and light on a regular basis. For your plants to thrive, you must plant them in the ground, then provide water, fertilizer, good soil, and reasonable care, both when the plant is actively growing and during the dormant season.
No matter how hardy the plants are, and no matter how large, they do require care to get established. Please follow the planting and care instructions in the brochures.
If a rose needs special protection to survive our winters, it's not hardy, and I won't sell it.
All roses are grown here on the farm, all on their own roots. I don't protect them for the winter.
All the roses in the nursery are marked with a single number that represents a "hardiness zone" -- a simple way to describe how well a species will survive our climate. The zone represents the average minimum winter temperature: Ottawa is in Zone 5, the Upper Ottawa Valley is in Zone 4.
The lower the number a plant has, the hardier the plant. Any rose marked Zone 5 will usually survive the winter here; Zone 3 and Zone 4 roses are even more hardy. But, some Zone 5 plants and all Zone 6 plants will have a hard time surviving, even though they may thrive in Kingston or Toronto or even in Perth. [If a rose won't grow here, I won't sell that variety]
You can get some idea of how the growing seasons differs in this area from other parts of Ontario:
What plant zone are you in??
Note: if you're looking at "zone maps" from the US, remember that they use a different system than in Canada. Typically, a Zone 4 plant from a US source will be a Zone 5 plant in Canada. A Zone 5 plant in the US will be a Zone 6 plant in Canada.
Survival of plants is affected by many factors in addition to low winter temperature "zones":
With so many factors affecting how well plants thrive in our climate, its difficult to specify exactly how a particular plant will do in a specific planting site. The "zone number" is a good general guide to hardiness, but if you have questions about a particularly difficult site, please feel free to ask me. I do indicate on the rose labels which varieties are particularly suited to difficult growing conditions.