Flower Guide for Roses

Roses are considered to be one of the most popular flowers around the world. They are used in a wide range of floral designs, bouquets, and arrangements, as well as corsage and wedding flowers.

Roses are multi petaled blooms available in a wide range of colours, head sizes and stem lengths. Roses are full of meaning and have been used throughout history as a symbol of love and war.

Common Name(s): Rose, Rosa

Botanical Name(s): Rosa, (RO-za)

Botanical Facts: The name is from the Latin word rana (frog) referring to the fact that many wild roses grow in wet areas.

Form: Round (standard) and Transitional (spray)

Types of Roses

There are different types of Roses available on the flower markets. Varieties can vary in shape, colour, type and head size. Here are three types that are commonly used in floristry & flower arranging.

Colours: Ivory (white), cream, nude, salmon, pink, cerise, orange, red, yellow. Dyed (including blue and black), vintage hues and bi-coloured varieties available.

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Caring for Roses

For purchasing, select tight, semi-firm heads just beginning to open. The stems should be straight, strong and unscarred. Leaves should be dark green and turgid.

In general, remove all foliage below the water line, cut the stems at an angle and hydrate with flower food for a couple of hours or overnight before storage or usage. If roses are conditioned properly, they should have a long vase life, open completely, and never have a "bent neck". Refer to the video for more information on how to condition the roses.

Vase Life: 7 to 14 days

Stem Type: Woody


Seasonal Availability

Availability: All year round

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