The National Clean Plant Network for Roses (NCPN-Roses) is a network of scientists, educators, state and federal regulators, large and small nurseries, rosarians and growers of garden and cut flower roses, and clean plant centers that act together to ensure that rose budwood and rootstock is clean and available. It was established in 2015 and is part of the NCPN specialty crops network. NCPN-Roses clean plant centers provide clean, tested propagation material to rose nurseries and growers throughout the United States.
NCPN-Roses has two clean plant locations for roses in the Network: Texas A & M University, College Station, TX and Foundation Plant Services at the University of California, Davis.
Our clean plant centers and programs:
Texas A & M University, College Station, TX provides administrative support in the Department of Horticultural Sciences and diagnostic support in the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.
Foundation Plant Services, University of California, Davis (cultivars available) (ordering information) maintains the rose Foundation Collection of over 800 virus-tested rose accessions (including eight rootstocks), performs virus testing and elimination, and conducts outreach programs.
Rose scion budwood and understock canes from the FPS disease-tested collection may be purchased for propagation purposes. Sales are made primarily to the rose nursery industry to establish healthy sources of propagation materials at the production level. Rose enthusiasts benefit indirectly from the FPS program when nurseries use disease-tested stock to produce plants of improved disease status for retail sale.
“Star Roses and Plants has been working with FPS for over 35 years allowing us to ensure our new introductions come from virus indexed material. The funding from NCPN has allowed FPS and the grower community they service to increase their capacity and varieties they offer, guaranteeing the long-term sustainability of a program invaluable to the rose industry.”
Jacques Ferare, Star Roses, Aptos, California
“FPS provides critical services to our operation by supplying clean plant material which is better for the grower, consumer and overall industry. The overall mission of FPS is a great example of how industry, and our academic institutions can collectively collaborate, solve problems, and make our industry better for all.”
Tyler Francis, Rose Grower, Francis Roses, Eloy, Arizona
"As a rose breeder, it brings great peace of mind to know there are clean specimens of my cultivars in the collection at FPS made possible through the NCPN-R. As industry members access clean stock for propagation, that helps ensure the best possible performance of my cultivars during production and ultimately for consumers in their gardens."
David Zlesak, Professor of Horticulture and Rose Breeder, University of Wisconsin, River Falls