The world is a Rose?

The Persian’s are an old, ancient race and culture of people. They once said “The world is a rose, smell it and pass it to your friends”.

The earliest known time for when humans began using roses as gifts is approximately 500 BC. The rose however has been on this earth for approximately 35 million years and it grows all over the world. In 1986 the rose became the official natural flower of the United States of America.

Most rose species are native to Asia, but a small number are native to North America, Europe and Africa. The rose symbolises beauty and fragrance and they are used commercially for perfumes and people just simply grow them at home because they are the perfect flower for a landscape or garden.

The rose hips, the fruit that forms at the bottom of the base, are nutritional and rich in vitamins C, E and K. They also produce an antioxidant which help boost the immune system. Roses have been used for medical purposes since ancient times for things to improve such as cholesterol, the digestive system and high blood pressure.

Roses come in a variety of colours ranging from red and pink to orange and yellow. With many shades and colours mixes in between. Sizes of the rose range from tiny roses that barely make it out of the ground to giants that can grow as high as 20 feet tall.

Many famous people have had rose cultivars named after them such as, Elvis, Abraham Lincoln, Bob Hope, Casanova, Rosie O’Donnell.

Roses nowadays are generally used as symbols for worthy causes such as supporting cancers and other illnesses. They are also a symbol for charities which supports the army.

Tips for growing roses:

  • Select a site for your roses that gets plenty of sun and has well drained soil. Also make sure it is free from competing tree or shrub roots.

  • Use compost and a good grade peat moss when planting. Never let the flower dry out whilst you are in the process of planting it.

  • Make sure it is kept well fed and watch out for insects or disease.

  • Make sure the flower is watered well during the winter months.