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  • According to mythology, the gods showered the rose
    with gifts when it was created. Dionysus gave the
    rose its nectar and fragrance. Later, the pharaohs
    of Egypt supervised the bottling of this fragrance,
    creating the first rose potpourri.


  • In typical excessive fashion, the Romans stuffed
    themselves on delicacies made of rose petals, while
    wine of roses flowed freely.


  • A Persian caliph interrupted his wedding festivities
    to bottle some of the oil of roses he discovered floating
    on petal strewn waters; and one of Persia's major
    industries was born. When Arabs conquered Persia they
    became enamored of roses, and rose water became a
    major flavoring in Arabian cookery.


  • American colonial women turned rose petals into
    a plastic substance and fashioned it into jewelry.


  • According to ancient Sufi philosophy, the rose was
    a symbol for life; its beauty representing the perfection
    we should all seek to achieve; its thorns symbolizing
    the difficulties faced in reaching our ideals; the
    bushes which bloom again and again illustrating that
    our efforts must be continuous and will in the end


  • In order to seduce Marc Anthony, Cleopatra welcomed
    him to her chamber with her floor covered 20 inches
    deep in rose petals. She also soaked the sails of
    her ship in rose water to perfume the breezes.


  • During the feasts of Roman Emperor Nero, guests
    lounged on pillows stuffed with rose petals, gazed
    upon fountains which flung up rose water, bathed in
    marble-lined pools filled with rose-perfumed waters,
    quaffed rose wine and indulged in rose pudding for

What are Roses? What is the true meaning behind Roses?

We can help you out and answer a few of the most commonly asked questions! Plus, we can explain what the meaning is behind each different rose color! Let us help and be your rose specialist!

Here is some General Rose Information:

What is a Rose?

A rose is a living organism in delicate balance with the surrounding environment. Changes in temperature, humidity, and other factors can alter this balance. The rose structure is a complex mix of vessels, leaves, and petals, which must be handled with care.

Roses are sensitive to gases in the atmosphere. Some gases (like ethylene) can be harmful to flower quality, causing wilting, petal drop, leaf curling, and yellowing leaves. Some flowers are more sensitive than others.

Water is an integral part of the life support system. Water is like the life blood of humans -- it carries sugars and other compounds and gives support to the rose and stem.

The rose has "plumbing"! -- There is actually a little network of vessels inside a stem (like a handful of straws) which carry the life-giving food and water.
Leaves decay if continually kept underwater. Generally, leaves should not remain continually underwater. They can get slimy and deteriorate from bacteria and other tiny organisms living in vase water.

Stem ends can become blocked. They dry out and heal over after being cut and kept dry. Bacteria and other organisms clog stem ends as well. Always be sure to give stem ends a fresh snip before placing them in water.

Roses are sensitive. There is an ideal growing temperature for roses. After harvest, living processes inside the rose are temperature sensitive. When temperatures become too high, food is used up too quickly and water is lost faster than it is replaced. This can lead to faster deterioration and wilting and even premature death.

Care and handling standards require a cooler to be able to consistently maintain a temperature of 34 degree Fahrenheit and provide a humidity level of at least 80%.

Popular Name: Rose

Botanical Name: Rosa x hybrida

Colors: Red, pink, lavender, yellow orange, white, and bi-colors.

Form and size: Intermediate Rose -- bud length from 1 to 1 1/2 inches. Stem lengths -- Shorts: 8 to 12 inches; Mediums: 12 to 16 inches; Long: 16 to 22 inches; Fancy: 22 to 28 inches; Extra Fancy: 28 to 32 inches.

Vase Life: 3 to 7 days, depending on variety and environmental factors such as temperature and care.

Care and Handling: Change water and replenish preservative solution (rose food) every 1 to 2 days. Recut stems and place in warm water immediately. Keep cool, especially at night -- keep away from heat and drafts. Remove one or two outer petals for appearance.

Special problems and tips: Bent Neck (drooping) -- Weak or bent necks result from a variety of characteristics, overly soft growth, premature harvest, or excessive water loss (drying out) during handling. Rose lose water through special cells (called stomata's) located under the leaves or on the stem. Thus, the fewer the leaves, the less the evaporation. So, its essential to remove the lower one-third of the leaves. Revive roses exhibiting bent neck or premature wilting by re-cutting stems and submerging in warm water and soaking for a few hours.

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