9 Things You Didn’t Know About Roses

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Roses

March 7, 2019

Number 1

It is estimated that 250 million roses are produced and sold around Valentine’s Day, generating revenue of over $18 billion. (National Retail Federation) 

Number 2

Most traditionally, roses are thought as being red. But roses come in a variety of colors including: red, pink, yellow, white, orange, purple, cream, green, and deep burgundy. (Passion Growers) 

Number 3

With such a large variety of colors to choose from, how do you pick the perfect one? Well each color has a meaning: 

  1. Red: Love and Passion 
  2. Light Pink: Grave
  3. Peach: Modesty
  4. Orange: Fascination
  5. Salmon: Desire
  6. Ivory: Charm and Thoughtfulness
  7. Yellow: Empathy

Number 4

People commonly refer to the sharp part of a rose’s stem as a thorn. But technically, it is a prickle. These prickles are formed on the stem’s outermost layer and can easily be pulled off, however, a thorn would develop from the core of the stem. (LibAnswers)

Number 5

Have you ever wondered what to do when your cut roses begin to die? A great way to continue enjoying your roses it to make potpourri! While potpourri can be made with a wide variety of items, a great addition is rose petals. Potpourri is most often displayed in small bags or in a decorative bowl. But I am sure you can find a creative use! (Wikipedia) 

Number 6

Roses are ranked #1 as most popular cut flower for purchase. Coming in behind it are carnations, chrysanthemums, alstroemeria, and tulips! (Indiana Public Media) 

Number 7

“The Thousand-Year Rose” grows on the wall of the Cathedral of Hildesheim in Germany. This rose bush is believed to be the oldest living rose in the world. The Cathedral was destroyed during World War II, but the roots of the rose remained, and have blossomed again. (Wikipedia) 

Number 8

Have you ever heard of rose water? It is a liquid that has a wonderfully strong flavor of roses and it is delightful. It is made my steeping rose petals in water (like tea!). (Wikipedia) 

Number 9

Did you know that Zambia is a country mostly dominated by roses? In fact, 95% of the country’s flower export industry is roses. Zambia’s roses mainly go to various parts of Europe. (Flower Experts) 


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