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From seed to box – the story of eternal roses

"What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet."

(Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet)

And what makes the rose so beautiful? According to the ancient Greeks, the red rose got its beauty from the blood of Aphrodite,  but in reality the charm is coming from people. It is the result of careful growing and breeding, which is not a simple task, and the crossbreeding is time-consuming too. But the  breathtaking  result worth every minute.

The land of roses…

The roses only lay flowers in the ideal environment. They like warm and airy places, but direct sunlight and too dry air can damage them. The quality of soil is also important of course, they prefer the slightly acidic soil that drains well, but holds onto moisture long enough for the roots to absorb it.

These conditions can easily created under artificial conditions – but most of our roses come from a natural environment at Ecuador.

How many types of roses are there?

According to Wikipedia, there are about 200 different rose species, but in reality there are probably more, since they easily intersect, either naturally or artificially.

Basically, they can be divided into 5 large subgenera:

  1. Tea roses are the most popular varieties of roses, because their flowers grow huge, and there are many variations. They have a loose branch system and there is only one head at the end of the shoots, but it comes in a huge size
  2. Climbing roses bring rich, fragrant flowers. If you provide a sunny place and enough nutrition, you will be rewarded by plenty of beautiful flowers.
  3. Tree roses look like small trees, thanks to the long and thick stems.
  4. Fioribunda roses can bring more flowers on a shoot, so they provide a very packed view.
  5. The last major species is the miniature roses, characterized by a low-space, dense branch system and smaller but richer inflorescences.

At The Roseland  Company, you'll find a wide range of tea roses. Thanks to the special treatment, they will keep their beauty forever!

The process of rose breeding and selection

Crossing the roses is not an easy task, but rewarding for sure. The careful and precise work begins in May, with the removal of the semi-open flowers of "father plants". Petals and pollens are carefully removed, and then the groups of tiny pollen are labelled. They are then dried out in a petri dish. The effortful and time-consuming work begins when the different kinds of flowers are hand-pollened. That's about 80,000 flowers a year! This work usually last until the end of June.

The powdered flowers will  also be labelled with the numbers of "parents", so the origin of the cross breeding can be identified later. The buds are opened and the seeds inside are planted in October. The first germs appear by February, from which the first flowers will appear by April.

Cross-breeding is a serious task, only professionals can filter out genetic disorders, and are able to determine the intersectable individuals.

From roseland to gift box

To enjoy this beauty in your home, you don't have to wait this long, you can choose from our “adult” roses:) If you would like a “traditional” rose, it is recommended to order it a day earlier, and we guarantee a fresh cut.

However, if you want flowers that preserve their beauty for years, you may want to choose from the eternal roses, that can be ordered online or in person. In our shops at Ferenc Körút and Árkád Budapest or Győr shopping centers there are plenty of them. 

For roses that are exceptional, you'll need to place your order at least 3 days in advance, and if you want a personal engraved message on the box, you'll need to place your order a day or two in advance. Delivery is quick and flexible, so on weekdays we deliver the roses to you or to your beloved one at any time of the day.

When you buy a fresh or an eternal rose, you not only get a flower: you get the result of centuries of selection and crossbreeding.