Flower Spotlight: Roses

Flower Spotlight: Roses

It is impossible to mistake roses, with their velvet petals infinitely curled against each other in hypnotizing symmetry, and their stems full of thorns, ready to protect their delicate flowers by pricking any prying fingers.

The British adopted the rose as their national flower, after a civil war lasting three decades, ended with a decisive victory on the battlefield, and the union by the marriage of the two families that had long been rivals. It is not surprising that over its long history, the rose has come to symbolize love, beauty, and courage.

What are the different kinds of roses?

There are over 300 species of roses, and over 10,000 cultivars, that is, varieties are grown for specific desirable traits. Broadly they can be classified into three categories:

  • Old Garden Roses: Sometimes referred to as “antique” or “historic” roses for having been around before 1867. Old garden roses bloom only once with intense fragrance. They are known for being resistant to pests and adverse weather.
  • Wild Roses: As their name suggests, these roses have undergone little hybridization or cross-breeding. They can easily be identified by their five-petaled flowers that are usually pink.
  • Modern Garden Roses: These kinds of roses bloom more often, some even continuously during the summer months, and they usually have larger flowers. The only downside is that their scent isn’t as strong, and they are more vulnerable to diseases.

What are the best conditions to grow roses?

Roses have a reputation for being difficult to grow, but that's not always the case. The Modern Garden Rose varieties have been bred to facilitate their cultivation, but it's still a good idea to plant them in their ideal conditions.

Replanting the dormant rose shrub is the most common way of getting them into your garden. Give them a good 2 - 4 ft of space between plants if you’re considering having more than one. They should ideally be planted early spring in slightly acidic, fertile, and well-drained soil. Roses need at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. If that's not possible, make sure they at least get the first rays of the morning - these will evaporate the dawn dew and protect them from any nasty fungal diseases.

When they bloom in the summer, they can do so in just about any kind of color: red, pink, white, yellow, orange, even purple, and even mysterious black!

Why are roses grown?

The beautiful, scented foliage of roses makes them a must-have in any garden, but the flower is a lot more versatile than it seems. After the rose flowers have been pollinated, they slowly start to ripen into rose hips, which are eaten raw in many countries for their high vitamin-C content. In the Middle East, rose water and oil are frequently used as an ingredient in several desserts; and let's not forget that many perfumes and candles use it too.

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