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In the Rose Fields with the Hybridizers

One of my favorite times of the year is mid September when the rose breeders we work with come to our place and together we wrap up the season and make the final decisions of what to keep and what to discard. But more importantly, we decide what roses will move forward — in other words, the few,...

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A Garden Celebration

By Allison Hess On September 10, 2014 a very special event took place at Star® Roses and Plants – the unveiling of a project that has been over a year in the making. Earlier in 2013, artists Greg and Tiana Leavitt were commissioned by Steve Hutton, President and CEO of Star® Roses and Plants, to...

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2014 Grower Brand Meeting

Star® Roses & Plants hosted a Grower Brand Meeting this past month at one of Pennsylvania’s most impressive horticultural destinations, Longwood Gardens . The meetings included a guided tour at Longwood Gardens, as well as an evening at the exceptional garden retailer, Terrain . Attendees got a...

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Propagation and Mutations

Have you ever wondered why The Knock Out® Rose in your yard is perfectly identical to your neighbors? Or why the ones you see in stores all look the same? The answer is that they are all clones. They are exact replicates of each other which originated from a single plant like the original Knock Out...

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Different Breeders, Different Methods

I was answering questions from Dr. David Byrne who was asking about the breeders with whom we work. A rose breeder himself, and a Professor at Texas A&M University, he was in the process of writing an article about how breeders approach their work. After we hung up, I thought this would be a...

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What do breeders do in winter?

The advantage of breeding in the North Eastern United States is that we can be certain that the plants we create are able to survive the cold, heat, humidity and disease pressure that nature throws at us each year. This winter has been an exceptionally tough winter. We’ve had more than 5 feet of...

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The Story of Drift® Roses

Timing is everything, it just takes longer with roses. The story of how the Drift® Groundcover Roses came to be is quite interesting, albeit painstakingly long, even by rose standards. It illustrates once again that rose breeding is not for the impatient and that creating a full series takes an...

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The Story of Eyeconic® Roses

I met Jim Sproul, the hybridizer of the Eyeconic® Roses , for the first time a few years ago, after he started to send us some of his novelties for unsolicited evaluation. He did not do this to force his materials into our research, but because he did not know how we handled these things. At this...

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