Pink Tree Roses With A Long Vase Life - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by drjpope
February 2, 2003
Wwhat pink tree roses do you recommend that are disease resistant and the cut flowers will have a long vase life?

Answer from NGA
February 2, 2003
Some of the most popular pink flowering roses include 'Bibi Maizoon', 'Bonica', 'Carefree Beauty', 'Gertrude Jekyll', 'Heritage', 'Mary Rose', 'Morden Centennial' and 'Pink Meidiland'. Of these, 'Mary Rose', 'Heritage', and 'Bibi Maizoon' are least disease-resistant. The key to long-lasting cut flowers is to cut them late in the afternoon when the stem and flower are loaded with food reserves, choose flowers that are one-third to one-half open, and carry a bucket of water with you when you harvest flowers. Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle and immediately place the stems in water. Letting the flowers stand in the bucket in a cool, dark place for a few hours before arranging them will lengthen their vase life. Be sure to remove lower leaves that will be beneath the water line in your vase, and change the water every few days - the cleaner you keep the water, the longer your flowers will last.

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