Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Roses are the most popular flower

Roses are the most popular flower sold at florists and flower markets, and enjoy more than 2/3rd share of the flowers sold worldwide. Rose has become the symbol of love, affection, and friendship and so popular that the colors represented some sign of emotion.

History says other wise - roses were not always the top florist flower before 1850s due to their seasonality in bloom. Birth of Hybrid roses since then changed the whole story. Hermosa (China, light pink, <1837) was the first hybrid tea rose to make a big splash in the florist market and is the first rose that could bloom during the winter. Safrano (apricot, 1839), Bon Silene (Red) are two hybrid tea roses became popular after Hermosa. As rose gained popularity, more and more hybrid roses produced with deep red in color and long-stemmed roses. It was during this time around 1900, that roses became one of the most popular florist flowers, replacing carnations.

In recent times Grand Gala (long stemmed) and First Red both are hybrid tea roses which attracted most flower buyers in most part of the world. Now these two Red roses are facing stiff competition from newer verities like Royal Baccara, Upper class as these flowers have bigger flower size and better vase life.

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