The Rise of the Rose
Roses are one of the most frequently grown flowers in the world. You probably know that rose bushes sprout graceful, red-peddled flowers, but this article will teach you something new about roses. Continue reading for the history of the rose and tips for growing them!
The History of Roses
oses have been grown in Asia and the Middle East since ancient times. They exploded in popularity in Europe during the 17th century.
There are numerous stories as to how roses made their way to Europe. Some believe that Alexander the Great brought rose flowers home as he conquered. Other sources describe knights returning from the Crusades of the 12th and 13th century bringing roses as a sign of victory. Even centuries ago, you can see the rose symbolizing elegance and celebration!
Tips for Growing
When looking to help your roses grow, the key is location, location, location! Putting them in a place that receives 6 or more hours of sun per day is ideal. Roses love rich and well-draining soil with a 2-3 inch layer of mulch.
Newly planted roses must be watered every 2 days, whereas established roses only need watered every 4. Begin fertilizing the bushes once they grow 6 inches high. Feed them every 3 weeks to keep them vibrant until late summer!
Although rose peddles are too beautiful to eat, they are edible. Rose water is made from soaking the petals in water and is common in jams, jellies and even some Asian dishes. Rose bushes grow fruit called “rose hips” that are used in teas and cocktails.
Did you know that the rose is the national flower of the United States? In 1986, Ronald Reagan declared the rose the national flower from the famous White House Rose Garden!
Roses have been bred in every color you could want, and each one holds a different symbolic meaning. Red roses signify love. Pink exudes grace and elegance. Yellow roses symbolize friendship and cheer, and white roses indicate sympathy.
You can even get stunning black roses. There is truly a rose for every occasion.
Adding rose bushes to your garden promises to grow an elegant atmosphere. We hope you learned something new. Get ready to enjoy the budding flowers of spring!
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