Roses forum: Roses for Cut Flowers

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Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Feb 23, 2010 4:55 PM CST
I know theres 1000's of different roses but what I'm wondering is, is there any particualr varieties commonly available that make exceptional cut flowers? Easy to grow roses for the home gardener who wants to start a cut flower garden? I'm hoping to make a list of some of the best/easiest and most interesting varieties for cut flower use.

Thank-you!
Steven
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Feb 23, 2010 6:06 PM CST

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I like Opening Night. It has long, long stems and it's a beautiful true red, which is difficult for me to capture with my camera.

Here's a shot that shows how long the stems are.


Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Feb 23, 2010 6:13 PM CST

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Here's a closeup that managed to capture the true color of the rose.


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Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b)
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Mike
Feb 24, 2010 7:23 AM CST
Steven,

I suggest that you visit Palatine Roses at [url=www.palatineroses.com]www.palatineroses.com[/url], click on the link to their Rose List, and then search the database using the word "vase". This will produce a list of roses whose cut blooms have a long "vase life" - although it also includes roses whose hips have a long vase life, so you'll need to read the description of each. (Like you, Palatine is located in Canada.)

In my opinion, hybrid teas and grandifloras make some of the best cut flowers because of their long, straight(er) stems, but they are not necessarily the easiest roses to grow, so you may be at cross purposes where that's concerned. There are many shrub roses and floribundas that are probably easier to grow. Although they typically don't have the long straight stems of hybrid teas and grandifloras, there are many varieties that show up on my dining room table every summer.

Regardless of what rose you choose to display, a few tips for achieving longer vase life include the following: (1) After cutting the rose, immediately put it into water to prevent air from entering the stem. I carry a bucket of water with me when I cut flowers for display. (2) After gathering the roses and cutting them to the right length for display, place them in a vase with hot water rather than cool water. (3) Mix in a little bloom extender, like Schultz Rose & Flower Preservative, or any other commercially available product from your local nursery or florist. It will extend the vase life of the blooms, and will help to keep the water clear. (4) Change the water if it gets murky or cloudy.

Enjoy your blooms!

P.S. Zuzu put me onto Opening Night a couple of years ago, and it is indeed a great rose for the garden.
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Feb 24, 2010 3:25 PM CST
Thank YOU Mike and Zuzu! I'm building a cut flowers cubit so I'm seeking out information. I'll get 'Opening Night' on the list I'll be making.

Mike, would you mind if I quoted your tips for achieving longer vase life? I would give you credit of course Thumbs up
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b)
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Mike
Feb 24, 2010 8:16 PM CST
By all means, feel free to. It's by no means proprietary knowledge...
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Feb 24, 2010 8:50 PM CST
Thank-you!
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Feb 25, 2010 10:12 AM CST
I had my Picante in a vase for almost 2 weeks. Had to keep filling the vase. Downside: No scent. Sad Here's a pic after about a week.

Roses are one of my passions! Just opened, my Etsy shop (to fund my rose hobby)! http://www.etsy.com/shop/TweetsnTreats
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids
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Steven
Feb 25, 2010 10:21 AM CST
I really like that one too! Anything that lasts for 2 weeks without being dipped in chemicals is a trooper!
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Feb 25, 2010 3:05 PM CST

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That's so pretty, Toni. The rose looks just like a Camellia.
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
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Skiekitty
Feb 25, 2010 3:28 PM CST
Here's what it started out like, though. You can see how it faded from hot fuschia-red-orange-gaudy to hot pinky-salmon.

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