Pre-Ordering Request - ROSES
We continue to field more inquiries from all across Ontario about securing roses in advance of the season than in almost any other plant category.
While we have a very good assortment, rose lovers may wish to consider a rose pre-order.
This process was made necessary due to their high demand, the shortage of supply as well as the other restrictions adopted during the pandemic. It continues on largely due to popular request from the happy customers who have been served by it.
Read below on what to expect with pre-ordering a rose at Grobe's....
We place orders in the summer in the year prior to their sale from a select group of Ontario growers. These roses come to us either to be potted, or already potted/finished. As you can imagine, much can happen to the supply of these roses from the time of harvest in the fall until they are available to sell by us.
To reduce the vagaries in this, we do not offer for pre-order roses until they are for certain in our care and, to the best of our ability, suitable for sale.
This process outlined here grew out of necessity during the pandemic, and has proven to be the best way for all to be satisfied.
Our website is updated in mid to late February with all of the rose varieties we expect to have on offer for the spring.
It is unlikely in 2023 that roses OTHER than what is listed there will be available for special order.
Rose aficionados are a determined bunch, and we have found that the process of pre-ordering is helped greatly by compiling a 'one time' list of folks' email addresses with their rose wish lists.
Not an order, this is only used to notify you that the process to make a pre-order purchase has begun, and to give us an early indication of what to expect.
This notification email comes to you AFTER the roses have arrived, but BEFORE the crop is released for walk-in purchase.
For those who do not wish to participate with this, please know that it will be possible to select out and purchase the roses that are remaining AFTER the pre-order period has ended. Rest assured, we do not retain any email addresses submitted here for other purposes.
AFTER YOU ARE NOTIFIED... there will be a process for you to submit a final list of the rose(s) that you are interested in purchasing.
A quote (.pdf) will be sent directly to you with the total amount that would be owing for your review.
If the quote is found agreeable, your purchase can be made in a similar fashion to other nursery stock, albeit perhaps a bit earlier.
Before you do so, however, ensure and make the necessary arrangements to schedule the collection of your plants PRIOR TO PURCHASE.
Payment is taken ONLY AFTER the formal quote to you has been received.
Please note that once payment for your order of roses has been processed - they become yours.
Pick up of these roses must be done, as it is with all other nursery stock, BEFORE TWO SUNDAYS have passed from the date of purchase.
As some purchasers come at great distances, in 2022 special designated 'rose pick up days/times' were also set to ease this pick up process.
Should this be repeated, details of this will be set in late March/early April.