Flower profile: red rose
Posted by: scentandviolet April 14th, 2018
Red rose is the undisputed queen of popularity in our flower shop, and apart from creating flower arrangements with red rose, we love talking about her, too.
Rose is a perennial plant of the genus Rosa. There are over hundred registered species and thousand of cultivars. One of those is our beloved red rose. Rose plants vary in size from compact, miniature roses, to climbers that can reach 2 dozen feet height. Roses are best known as ornamental plants grown in gardens, but are also cultivated as popular crop for cut flowers.
According to fossil evidence, rose is 35 million years old. Garden cultivation began about 5,000 years ago (most likely in China). With such a long history, roses have played role in myths, legends, secret societies, and wars. One of our favorite legends is the legend of red rose: Aphrodite, Goddess of Love scratched herself on the rose bush, whilst hurrying to her dying lover, Adonis. Next day, white roses turned into the crimson red color of her blood.
Attributing origin of the red rose to Goddess of Love, it is no wonder that to this day red rose is considered to represent love, passion, and desire. So, if you’re looking to give a meaning to a red rose, it is unmistakably expression of love. Every once in a while, we will hear women and men complaining about red rose being overdone, call red rose boring, and ask us for something different, and it is OK. Not everyone is in love with red rose. Not everyone is into symbolism. However, there is no flower more striking than red rose. There is no flower that looks and feels more passionate than red rose. Red rose is perfect flower for true romantics. Red rose is perfect gift to represent passion: rose, the only flower to spring from the blood of Goddess of Love, herself.
Did you know, that Rose Capital of America is in Texas? Named after successful rose industry thriving in the area since 1920s, Tyler TX is a wonderful place to visit and take a stroll in Rose Garden.
Red rose is one of the most popular cut flowers in the world. It comes in many different varieties and shades and almost every region in the world has it’s favorite. Some regions prefer lighter, more vibrant shade of red such as Red Paris, Red France, or Red Bentley. Our region has an affinity toward roses with less vibrant, deeper shade of red that remains almost intact/tight throughout life cycle such as: Freedom, Formula One, or Suri. I personally prefer roses that fully open in the days to come, such as garden roses or certain varieties like: Sexy Red or Red Naomi.
Hybrid red roses can even have chocolate colored appearance (Brown Sugar, Beautiful Anne, Hot Chocolate) even black. Do you know how many people call us asking for black roses? There is no black rose per se (although I have seen some really good Photoshop on Pinterest), but there are dark red varieties (hybrids of the red rose) that can look so dark under certain light conditions they’re considered to be black roses: Black Boy, Black Beauty, Black Magic, Black Baccara, etc.
Of all roses in our shop, red rose is definitely the best selling one. Among rose bouquets Classic dozen red roses is bestseller, closely followed by Room full of roses, even a 100 red roses bouquet option. Two dozen red roses is not as popular as 3 dozen roses in variety of colors. Our hand tied rose bouquets are gaining traction and younger people tend to prefer red roses in a box.