Facts on Rose Plants

Overview

Whether it's a hybrid tea, an old-fashioned or a heritage, the rose has a special place in every gardener's heart. It brings beauty, fragrance and a sense of passion to the landscape.

Symbolism

The color of the roses has special meaning: red signifies love, yellow is friendship and white symbolizes purity. The number of the flowers also holds symbolism. One means simplicity, while two twisted together means an upcoming wedding or engagement.

Nativity

The United States claims to be the rose's native land. A 35 million-year-old fossil of a rose was found in Florissant, Colorado, making it the oldest fossilized imprint bearing the rose.

Commercialism

California produces nearly 60 percent of the American-produced roses. They are primarily sold during the Valentine's Day, Christmas and Mother's Day holidays.

Planting

Roses need sun and well-drained soil. Plant roses in early spring to early fall. Dig the hole about 15 inches deep and 18 inches wide and use a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost.

Maintenance

To maintain roses, wet the entire root mass. Generally, a rose needs an inch of water a week applied at soil level, not sprinkled from overhead.

References

  • Meaning of Roses
  • Internet Florist
  • Ohio State University Extension
Keywords: roses, heritage, hybrid tea

About this Author

T.M. Samuels has been a freelance writer since 1993. She has published works in "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living" and "Mature Years," and is the author of a gardening book. Samuels studied pre-medicine at Berry College.