Roses can be purchased three different ways: grown in containers, packaged in a polybag, or bare-root. While each will produce fine roses, I lean toward bare rootstock because I'm always on the prowl for good value. Bare-root roses cost much less than container-grown plants because they are stored in a dormant state without soil. When the roots are kept moist with wet burlap, shredded paper, or sawdust in cool conditions, the plant does just fine. When planted in early spring, bare-root roses adjust just as well, if not better, to new soil and garden conditions than potted varieties.