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What You May Not Know About Roses

What You May Not Know About Roses
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Mostly every woman loves to receive a bouquet of roses on a special occasion.  This may include birthdays, anniversary, Valentine’s Day and other occasions.  Roses are fun to plant in your backyard or to give to someone else. 

What You May Not Know About Roses

You will find that roses have special meanings. Red roses will often be a symbol of love and pink roses will often let someone know that you are thinking about them in a special way.  Roses are the most elegant flowers purchased today by people daily. 

Roses are often found in your local grocery store or Walmart.  They are one of the easiest flowers to find.  They often vary in price.  A dozen roses in a grocery store will often cost under $15.00. If you purchase them in a florist shop, they will often cost more than $25.00 a dozen.  It’s important to shop around for a good price. 

What Are Some Popular Online Retailers that Sell Roses?

Where Can You Buy Roses for Planting in Your Backyard?

Home Depot

Local Garden Nurseries


Where Do Roses Come From?

The rose goes back around 36 million years. Yes, fossils of imprinted roses have been found by archeologists.  There are around 150 different species of roses around the world. 

Roses are most popular in the Northern hemisphere.  They are found in Mexico, United States, Africa and Europe.  In China, red is a symbol of good luck.  In many Asian countries, red roses are given as a symbol or token of appreciation. 

Historians believe that rose farms originated in China around 5,000 years ago.  It is believed that the Chinese were the first to invent rose gardens for selling to mass amounts of people. 

In the Roman period, roses were grown in the middle east.  Roses were often made into perfumes or given as gifts.  If someone was having a birthday party of celebrating the birth of a child, roses were often used for the occasion. 

In Rome, governors and the elite class would have rose gardens in which they were used for walking around in or simply staring at their beauty. 

The popularity of roses became popular in the 17th century. Their popularity grew so much that governments would often consider them to be legal currency.  People loved roses to much that they were accepted for payment of goods and services. 

Napoleon’s wife loved roses so much that she put them in her estate.  Roses are from the family of Rosacea. Roses are often grown in shrubs or climb on walls. 

Their green stems have thorns on them.  Florists will often cut the thorns before putting them up for sale.  There are many different shapes, colors and sizes that roses come as. 

What Colors Are Roses?

  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Pink
  • White

A lot of rose species come from Asia and Europe.  You can buy roses as miniatures as well. 

The name roses come from the Latin word Rosa.  Most rose flowers will have 5 petals on them.  The Rosa sericea will often only have four petals. 

How Are Roses Mostly Used:

  • To Plant in the Garden
  • To Make Perfume
  • Landscaping
  • Hedges
  • For Gifts
  • Indoor Use for Decoration

When roses are cut, they are usually placed into refrigerators for sale.  Out of refrigeration, roses usually last for under 10 days.  Sometimes, plant food can help them last a bit longer. But you are only talking a few extra days. 

If you live in a cold area, roses are often grown in greenhouses in a controlled environment. 

Perfume companies will use rose oil to create many of their fragrances.  The petals are often crushed to create the oil. 

Rose hips are often used to make soup, jam, marmalade and jelly.  It also contains are high amount of vitamin C.  In some cultures, rose hip is used in the production of medications.

What Are White Roses Used For?

White roses are a symbol of purity.  They are often given to mothers when she gives birth to a baby.  They are also the gift for people opening a new business. They symbolize new beginnings. 

During the 14th century, the Duke of York was symbolized with white roses. 

White roses are often used at weddings to represent the purity of the bride and groom. They are also used in graduations, Christenings and funerals. 

During the Roman era, the Goddess Aphrodite was known to hold a white rose. It is said that when she pricked herself, the rose became red. Rome also gave the Virgin Mary the white rose symbol for her purity. 

In 1840, Queen Victoria made white roses popular because she held a bouquet of them in her hand as she walked to her groom. White roses represent loyalty and trust.

When people see a bouquet of white roses, you can only think of purity.  They are the purest of colors and their symbolism lets someone know what you think of them. 

White roses are more of a neutral color when it comes to love. Often, a woman will receive these from her husband after being married for a few years. 

White flowers symbolize hope and a newness in life.  They often make beautiful centerpieces for your dining room table. They often blend in well with red poinsettias during the Christmas holiday. 

What is The Blue Rose?

The blue rose comes from the genus Rosa.  They will often have a violet pigmentation to them.  These roses are most popular for going after love that may not ever happen.  A person that feels someone will never want them completely, will give the blue rose. 

Genetic modification has been used to create the blue rose.  Blue roses are not naturally grown in nature like the red rose.  The blue color is created when the white color is dyed.  Many florists will use a human safe spray to make the white rose any color that you desire. 

Blue roses are often put in flower arrangements with white roses.  These roses are often not popular because of them having to be dyed. You would have to ask a florist to do the dying for you as it does take a professional touch. 

How is the Pink Rose Used?

Pink roses are used for many different occasions.    They are often used to tell a person that you have a crush on them but are not necessarily in love with them. Red represents love.  Pink roses are a great way to say, thank you to someone that has helped you.

If someone is in the hospital, you can send them a basket of pink roses.  Some archeologists say that the pink rose can be traced back some 40 million years ago as they are found in fossils.  They were grown in Chinese gardens nearly 5,000 years ago. 

What are Yellow Roses Used For?

There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a bouquet of yellow roses with a basket of Easter eggs.  Yellow roses are great to give anyone for no special occasion. They often put a smile on someone’s face. 

Yellow roses often remind people of the sun. They give someone a bright smile on their face.  They also represent power and courage. Yellow roses were first seen growing in the middle east.  They were often seen growing in the wild.  The yellow rose petals often symbolize hope for people. 

What are Purple Roses?

Purpose roses come in many different shades.  This color rose will represent the mystery of how love came to be in a person’s relationship.  A man may give the purple love to is partner if he wonders how their love came to be so perfect. It may be a mystery to him. It is a higher form of love than the red rose. 

Many people call purple roses lavender flowers.  This color is rarely given and when it is handed to someone, people tend to investigate the deeper meaning of them.  If you want to give someone something different this year, try the purple rose.

A great gift idea would be to give someone a rose picture.  You can have this drawn up by a professional artist and given to someone as a gift.

Beautiful flowers can be given in any way, shape and form that you would like.  As you walk through life, you will find that people appreciate receiving flowers as a gift. You will find that giving flowers away makes you a happier person. 

What is the Golden Rose?

The golden rose is often used for religious purposes.  Popes of the Roman Catholic church often bless the golden rose.  People that receive the golden rose are usually men and women in power.  It is the symbol of leadership and authority.  Churches will often use the golden rose to tell people that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead. 

As you can see, roses are a great gift to give to people or to simply grow in your backyard.  Roses have a unique history that dates back thousands of years and have always been desired because of their beauty.