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Brief History of Rose Breeds
If we are to believe fossil evidence the rose is about 35 million years old. The cultivation of roses as we know it only started about 5 coast clothing,000 years ago in Asia and has been woven into ancient history for centuries. The Greeks like to take the honor for giving the rose its name and according to Hindu legend; it was Brahma who created a bride out of rose petals. Egyptian tombs show wreaths of roses and roses have become synonymous with roman excesses when they forced peasants to grow roses instead of food.
England took the rose as their emblem during the 15th century. Napoleons wife Josephine created a rose garden yet cultivated rose breeds were not introduced to Europe until the 18th century. Today roses are separated into two groups, the old breeds which were cultivated in Europe before 1800 and the modern roses which were cultivated in England and France at the turn of the 19th century.
Rose Breeding is Fascinating
Breeding roses is fascinating, but it brings with it some intimidating terms such as genetics, tetra pads, chromosomes and the like that can really only be understood fully by experts and scientists louis vuitton outlet, but this doesn't impact on the ease in which rose breeding can be done, by anyone, anywhere at anytime. Even if the end result is not something anybody could capitalize on, rose breeding will bring a sense of accomplishment and pride. You don't need much to produce something beautiful and unique. First of all, you need roses which you can breed from cheap louis vuitton handbags, and patience.
The plants you choose for your breeding project need to be selected for either their pollen or their seeds mulberry alexa, but you could also cross them which will produce a different rose breed. If you used - lets say - rose 1 for pollen and rose 2 for seed you would produce a different result than if you chose rose 1 for seed and rose 2 for pollen.
Pollen and Seed Roses
When you select a rose for its pollen always choose roses whose flowers are almost open. Strip off each petal and cut off the stamens and place them into a paper container and place in a warm dry place for at least 24 hours. When the pollen is ready you need to select the next rose that you are going to use for seed.
Older variety roses tend to seed easier than others and they are also easier to breed. Rose such as New Dawn, Iceberg and Birthday present are also good bets even though they are considered to be modern roses.
Once you have chosen your 'seed' rose, strip off all its petals so that its pistils are exposed and then dab a little pollen on each one using your finger. The rose has now been pollinated. Place a small plastic bag over it and tie it in place, but remember to remove it after about 3-4 days. The reason for the plastic bag is to stop insects from transferring the pollen. It may also be a good idea to record your movements, keeping detailed notes of which rose was used for pollen and which was used for seed.
When summer comes around you will need to collect the seeds louis vuitton website, waiting until after the rose hips have started to color. Strip the tiny seeds from the hips and remove all the pithy materials as well. Place your seeds into a jar of sand, one layer of seeds, one layer of sand and so on. Cover the jar well so that moisture cannot get in and place into the refrigerator for about 8-12 weeks until spring.
Once spring has arrived, you can begin rose potting by taking your seeds out and planting them into individual pots or into seedling trays. Within a matter of a few short weeks your seeds should have sprouted into seedlings, but they are still vulnerable.
The Planting of Roses
When you are planting your seeds ensure that you have a good seed starting mix and don't overcrowd or over water them. It won't be long until you see the fruits of our labor and it isn't until they have flowered that you will be able to see what you have created.