When Olin Nelson started his nursery business in Apopka over 50 years ago, he envisioned a company that would focus on the special needs of Florida. After establishing themselves with a variety of hardy foliage plants, he and his sons, B.P. and Earl, began to diversify. O.F. Nelson & Sons Nursery/Nelsons Florida Roses now produces a wide range of blooming plants shipped all over the country along with many acres of rose production.
Before 1955 people used to say you could not grow roses in florida. Olin Nelson along with B.P. and Earl decided to experiment with a wild rose that was found throughout the state of Florida and the Southeast. Along with the University of Florida, they developed a way to graft onto Fortuniana Rootstock.
Nelsons has been a wholesale producer of quality roses ever since. Now, producing up to 150 different varieties. These premium roses are supplied to upper scale garden centers across the state and into the Southeast. Our roses cost a little more but they are all established, grafted, 1 year old plants before they go out the door. They will last an average of 15 to 20 years and up to 30 years, providing beauty, fragrance and personality to your home and garden!
If you want a rose garden that lasts the years, produces varieties of color and provides fragrance, it has to be a Nelsons Florida Rose.