This section is from the book "Commercial Gardening Vol4", by John Weathers (the Editor). Also available from Amazon: Commercial Gardening, A Practical & Scientific Treatise For Market Gardeners.
Prior to the coming of Crimson Rambler and that greater following of varieties more or less nearly allied, and of which this popular sort proved to be the forerunner, Roses in pots for market work were in the minority indeed, and were but rarely seen. Now and again a few belated examples put in an appearance in the market, their sorry condition - ill-groomed and dusty of leaf - telling its own tale. Such was the "standard" of pot-grown (or starved) Roses in leading flower markets twenty or twenty-five years ago.
To-day all this is changed, the grower of repute realizing that it is quality that tells and that to succeed he must of necessity stand in the front rank of such men. Hence in springtime from April onwards pot-grown Roses of the Rambler and Wichuraiana classes practically dominate the scene, the plants of from 6 to 8 ft. in height festooned with flowers, and constituting veritable shower bouquets that carry conviction at a glance. The specialists in these bring their produce to market in specially constructed vans, the plants being grown and trained as pyramids in columnar fashion, or, in the case of those of drooping habit, as tall or half-standards, and which in certain phases of indoor decoration are of the highest possible value and ornament. The whole subject, indeed, resolves itself into a question of demand and supply: it may be this or the same conditions in reverse order, viz. supply creating the demand. Be it what it may, the demand for this class of goods is unmistakable, for never in the history of flower-growing for market have floral and allied decorations been carried out on so lavish a scale as at the present time. Obviously, then, the demand exists, and the grower who would be up to date in such matters must be up and doing also.