Freedom Rose Facts
Valentine's FlowersAbout Our Freedom Roses
Red roses are synonymous with Valentines Day, but not all red roses are equal! For 2015 many of our Valentines Day bouquets contain the Freedom Rose. This excellent rose variety delivers a consistently high quality product guaranteed to make an impression. About the Freedom Rose
The Freedom rose is the result of years of plant breeding by German experts Rosen Tantau of Hamburg. Rosen Tantau have been in the rose breeding business for over 100 years and in that time have been responsible for the introduction of many of the worlds best florist roses including soft peach Osiana, pure white Vendela and orange blended Cherry Brandy. The Freedom is a type of large flowered Hybrid Tea rose. Hybrid Tea roses generally produce only one flower per stem, rather than a cluster of flowers, with each flower opening slowly from a long, pointed bud. Like many Colombian-grown roses, Freedom roses generally have softer buds than other cut roses. Once conditioned, the buds slowly open as the petals reflex to form a well-shaped flower with a good vase life. The large, pure red flowers of Freedom roses can have over 60 petals each and measure as much as 12cm across. They have wonderful long straight stems with moderate lateral leaf growth, which make them ideal as a cut flower.
Freedom roses come from the worlds best growing regions in South America. Freedom roses are grown in huge commercial polytunnels high in the mountains of Colombia, where they benefit from long sunny days and cool nights. Temperatures average 21C during the day and 10C at night, producing the long, sturdy stems and large flower heads for which Freedom roses are famous. These enormous polytunnels utilise innovative plastic film technology to maximise the quality of sunlight needed to grow high quality Freedom roses. This produces the characteristic soft buds and darker guard petals of Freedom roses. These high tech polytunnels also act as an effective pest and disease barrier, making the most of Freedoms natural disease resistance to botrytis in particular (grey mould).To make doubly sure that Freedom roses leave the fields in top condition, each flower bud is surrounded by a plastic collar or paper bag as it grows. Why choose the Freedom Rose?
We've chosen to use this superior variety in all our red rose bouquets because it's stunningly rich colour and beautiful large flower heads are sure create a really big impression on Valentine's Day. When cared for correctly Freedom roses also tend to have a longer shelf life than other varieties, meaning your special someone can enjoy their beautiful flowers for longer.
Breeding the perfect cut rose At the heart of a good rose is good breeding and It can take years of plant breeding before a new rose variety like Freedom appears on the market. The aim of any plant breeding programme is to take the very best characteristics of an individual variety and combine it with those of another to produce something even better! To try and breed a new rose, pollen from one rose variety is collected and distributed onto a flower of a different rose variety. This is always done by hand and a rose breeder may have to make thousands of crosses every year, to eventually develop a rose good enough to sell commercially. Each cross is recorded and over the next few months the parent plant will produce rosehips full of fresh new seeds. Once the rosehips are ripe, the seeds are collected and sown in the hope that they will germinate and grow into rose seedlings.
As the seedlings grow into young rose plants the breeder must try to decide which are worth keeping and growing on, based on the quality of the flowers they produce and how disease resistant they appear to be. These new roses are typically assessed over the course of five years or more before the breeder decides which ones will make good florist roses for commercial production. It can then take another two or three years for the grower to build up enough plant stock to begin selling the new rose variety commercially. In total, it takes hundreds of thousands of seeds and plants, developed and tested over many years to finally produce a good commercial rose variety like Freedom.
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