January 29, 2020

Pruning Roses

Pruning Roses

Whether you are a rose enthusiast, love to look at roses, or are just curious about pruning roses, this is a place for you.  Throughout history people have been fascinated by this beautiful aromatic plant.  From painting, to gifts, to the creation of arraignments and even entire organizations have been formed as a rose of this little flower.  As garden enthusiasts ourselves, we’d like to encourage the spread of information and planting of the rose.

The rose is a woody, perennial, or year round, flowering plant.  As part of the rosaceae family, there are over 100 different species of roses.  They are commonly pruned as a stand alone shrub, as well as allowed to grow and climb trellis’ or even grown to fill in archways.  This hardy versatile plant can fend for itself.  Often plated with sharp thorns.  However, it’s the rose flower that attracts all the attention.  blooming in a wide arrange of colors from white to yellow to orange to pink to crimson and many colors in between.  Although the popularity of roses has helped make their way around the globe, the majority of the species originate from various parts of Asia.  Some of the species originate from Europe, Africa, and North America as well.  Horticulturists have long been experimenting with rose plants creating many hybrids to produce new color tones and fragrances.  The size of roses ranges greatly as well, from very small to  large.  although most are between 5 and 20 centimeters in diameter.

The Many Uses of Roses

Ornamental Rose Plants:It is believed that as far back as least 500 BC that people have been growing and cultivating roses for ornamental and purposes.  Planted the right location and pruned correctly, roses can brighten and improve just about any garden

Pruning Roses for Cut Rose Flowers: The majority of rose cuttings are placed in beau quays and vases for their beauty to be showcased and sweet fragrance appreciated.  This helps liven up any environment

Rose Fragrance: Roses are commonly used for there aroma.   By pressing and crushing rose pedals one can draw rose oil.  From this, many perfumes, lotions, soaps and much more are made to carry on roses scent long after the flowers are gone.  Also obtained from this process is rose water.  This commonly used for cooking, in make-up, medicine, and even in religious ceremonies.

Edible Roses: Mature roses will often produce seed pods or hips.  This can be used to make jams or jelly.  It also used for making tea.  It also contains vitamin C.  To add subtle flavor or scent rose petals are sometimes dishes to enhance a meal.

Healing Roses: The Rose hips have high levels of vitamins and are often used in supplements as well as herbal medicines.

Rose Art: Over the years pruning roses has been a popular subject for various forms of art.  They have been used as background images or even featured in countless paintings, sculptures, architectural works, and even stamps.  Famed artists such as Henri Fantin-Latour, Claude Monte, Paul Cezanne and Pierre-Augustine Renoir have featured roses in their works of art.

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