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The Art of Growing Long Stemmed Roses

Do you ever wonder how they get those long stemmed roses? It is an interesting procedure but probably not something the amateur grower wants to take on unless he is really serious about roses or just enjoys a challenge. Some of the techniques are similar to what are used to get show quality flower and those giant vegetables, so perhaps it should be part of a serious gardener’s knowledge base.
The first step is to choose a variety and type of rose that tends to grow with a longer stem. Generally the rose of choice is a hybrid tea rose that has a single flower growing atop a stem. For red roses the varieties of choice are Ingrid Bergman, Opening Night and Firefighter. Some of the best options for other colors include, but are not limited to, Bridal White, Antique Silk, and Aalsmeer Gold.
There are two major factors in getting large flowers on an elongated stems. They are pruning and climate control. The first is the standard procedure for getting a larger flower or vegetable. All buds except the central one are removed. Most plants will respond to this procedure by channeling nutrients into the one remaining bud making for a bigger flower.

Then all of the lateral leaves and supporting branches should be removed taking care not to damage the main flowering stem. This provides the single long stem of the florists rose. Bloomed roses should be removed before the hips form either for cut flowers or deadheaded as they fade. A twenty four inch stems with a bud of one inch or larger is a top quality rose.
Climate control in the home garden is, as one might suspect, more difficult to control. While roses like sun, to grow florist quality roses the bushes should be planted out of direct sun. It is important to reduce stress so that the plants can reach maximum growth potential and bright sun is a source of stress. Lack of water is also stressful so plants should be watered every two days or more often if necessary. If the soil feels dry; water the plant. Roses need a minimum of three inches of water spread out over a week.
Choose a fertilizer that is specific to roses and follow directions carefully. Alternately, use compost and mulch to retain moisture and deter weeds. The bushes should be maintained in the healthiest condition possible in the garden. The buds should be misted every couple of days to keep them clean and to moisturize the petals.
An outdoor climate is stressful. It is impossible to control temperature, wind and insect depredation. This is why most florists’ roses are grown in greenhouses. The flowers grow biggest and the stems elongate to their maximum when temperatures are kept at around 80 degrees F and humidity is kept at 60-70%.
The professional secret of growing perfect long stemmed roses in the greenhouse is increasing the carbon dioxide level. Growers have been doing this for many years to stimulate plant growth. It helps plants deal with stress and enhances the plants ability to use water. Increased photosynthesis increases the biomass of the plant and the larger root system allows the plant to absorb more nutrients.

While most of us are probably not going to give this a try some of the techniques might prove useful in other areas.

Learn More About Long Stem Roses

By Stan V. Griep
American Rose Society Consulting Master Rosarian – Rocky Mountain District

When most of the general public thinks of roses, the Hybrid Tea Florists roses, also known as long stemmed roses, are what first come to mind.

What is a Long Stem Rose?

When we refer to long stemmed roses, we are typically speaking of Hybrid Tea roses. The Hybrid Tea rose came about in the 1800’s by crossing the Hybrid Perpetual roses and the Tea roses — the best features of both came through in the Hybrid Tea rose. The modern Hybrid Tea roses have a much more mixed genealogy but still have their roots of existence founded in the original cross-breeding.

Hydrid Tea roses have strong sturdy stems supporting a large well-formed bloom. Typically, the Hybrid Tea rose bloom is a single bloom born atop a long sturdy cane and stem. The Hybrid Tea rose blooms are typically those receiving the top honors as Queen, King and Princess of show at rose shows. Due to their long sturdy canes and stems with large well formed blooms, such Hybrid Tea roses are sought after by florists worldwide.

The Meaning of the Colors on Long Stem Roses

One of the reasons for their ongoing popularity is that the colors of long stemmed roses carry with them meanings that have been passed down over the years. Some colors show great love and affection, some peace and joy, while others sympathy and admiration.

Here is a list of some of the rose bloom colors and their meanings:

  • Red – Love, Respect
  • Burgundy (and dark red) – Unconscious beauty or bashful
  • Light Pink – Admiration, Sympathy
  • Lavender – Symbol of enchantment. Lavender colored roses have also been traditionally used
    to express feelings of love at first sight.
  • Deep Pink – Gratitude, Appreciation
  • Yellow – Joy, Gladness
  • White – Innocence, Purity
  • Orange – Enthusiasm
  • Red & Yellow Blend – Joviality
  • Pale Blended Tones – Sociability, Friendship
  • Red Rosebuds – Purity
  • Rosebuds – Youth
  • Single Roses – Simplicity
  • Two Roses Wired Together – Coming marriage or engagement

This listing is not all inclusive, as there are other colors, mixes and blends with their meanings as well. This listing just gives you a basic idea of the significance the rose bouquets you give to others may carry with them.

Best Roses for Arrangements

Roses are one of the most popular flowers for growing and cutting, and it’s no wonder because they are gorgeous and come in endless varieties of size, color, and fragrance. Creating homegrown floral displays is a wonderful way to decorate your home or give away as a gift, and if you know which roses are the best to use as cut flowers, your arrangements will reach pro status in no time.

Kelly Wilkniss is here to share her favorite cutting roses. Kelly is the author of the amazing new book My Soulful Home: A Year in Flowers, which is chock-full of inspiring tips and tutorials on floral design. If you like this post, you’ll love the book!

By Kelly Wilkniss

It has been said that roses are one of the only flowers that look better cut, and I agree. There are countless roses and each one beautiful enough to simply stand alone in a slim vase, but multiple roses and roses mixed with other flowers take an arrangement to the next level. Truthfully, I am not a fan of the dozen long-stemmed roses in a vase sort of arrangement. Frankly, I don’t think the roses, however lovely, are showcased best in this way. I like my roses full, open, lush, and tightly packed together for maximum impact.

So, with thousands of roses to choose from, let’s explore which are best to grow or buy for floral arranging. I have two words for you with respect to the best roses to grow in your cutting garden: REPEAT BLOOMERS. No one wants their rose bushes to be left bereft of all their beauty after just one or two arrangements. Of course, if you are purchasing instead of growing roses for your arrangements, repeat blooming is not a factor you need to consider.

Whether growing or purchasing, choose roses for your arrangements that are in the late bud stage. This stage is characterized by some opened outer petals, but the flower is not fully unfurled. These roses will continue to open in the vase, becoming more beautiful with each passing day.

When choosing roses, look for strong stems and roses that hold their flowers straight up—not bent or top-heavy. These are signs of poor hydration or damage that will not likely improve. If you find yourself with roses in this condition, you can salvage them by cutting the stem an inch or less from the base of the flower and floating them in a shallow bowl. Once the rose is open enough, it will float and recover enough to be lovely on a nightstand or other area where it can be appreciated up close.

Before we delve into any particular rose, let’s take a bit of time to de-mystify roses. All roses need good soil and lots of sunshine (see Chapter Ten). Roses are generally broken down into three main categories: wild roses, old garden roses pre-1867, and modern roses post-1867.

For our purposes, we are going to concentrate on the category of modern garden roses. This is not because these roses are necessarily better than wild or old garden roses. In fact, old garden roses are thought to be more disease-proof than their younger counterparts. We are going to focus on modern roses as this category of roses has the most repeat bloomers. And that, my friends, is what we want in our cutting garden.

Modern garden roses have the hallmarks of a continuous bloom, larger blooms, longer vase life, lack of fragrance, and are less hardy and disease resistant. That being said, individual roses in this category defy some of those general characteristics. I wish I could tell you it was as simple as these three categories, but alas, as with many beautiful things it is more complicated than that. Each of the three main categories is broken down into smaller categories or classes. Let’s look at the roses within the modern rose category. These are:

  • Hybrid Tea
  • Floribunda
  • Grandiflora
  • Polyantha
  • Shrub/English
  • Climbing

Shrub, polyantha, and grandiflora roses are likely your best bets in the cutting garden for lower maintenance and prolific blooming. Hybrid teas are wonderful cut flowers but are fairly high maintenance. English roses, A.K.A. the David Austin roses, are in the shrub category.

If you have never looked at the David Austin catalog, please do. Words cannot describe the beauty on those pages. David Austin roses have joined the best characteristics of the old garden and modern garden roses.

Right about now you might be saying to yourself, “Kelly, just tell me what rose to grow!” Okay, but what about color? “Oh my… !” Well, here are a few suggestions that would work well in your cutting garden and arrangements. Use these suggestions as a starting point to delve further into the world of roses in the colors your heart desires.

Some Roses to Consider

Hybrid Tea:

  • Lincoln – deep red with rich fragrance
  • Double Delight – pink mixed with yellow


  • Julia Child – buttery yellow
  • French Lace – creamy white with a mild fruity scent


  • Queen Elizabeth – pink
  • Miss Congeniality – white edged with bright pink


  • Cecile Brunner – pale pink to peach
  • Fairy – prolific, double pink


  • Gertrude Jekyll – pink with strong rose scent
  • Graham Thomas – tall bright yellow with mild fruity scent


  • Eden Climber – creamy white/pale pink
  • New Dawn – pale pink

About the Author

Kelly Wilkniss is passionate about sharing beauty, design, and humor. She does this through her successful blog, My Soulful Home, her wildly popular podcast, Decorating Tips & Tricks, and now her first book, My Soulful Home: a Year in Flowers. Kelly lives in Pasadena, California with her husband, two girls, and Emmett, their faithful & feisty Maltese. She is lovingly restoring an 1886 Victorian farmhouse, which you can see on her blog. If everyone had a motto Kelly’s would be: be kind, work hard, and see the beauty. If you enjoyed this post you can find more by Kelly at her blog or podcast.

Want more info on homemade floral arrangements? You might like these posts:

  • Bouquet Gardens: The Best Cutting Flowers + Growing and Harvesting Tips
  • How to Make Cut Flowers Last
  • Tips for Arranging Homegrown Flowers
  • Gorgeous Bouquets from the Herb Garden
  • DIY Pumpkin Flower Arrangements
  • What Does Your Bouquet Say? Flower Color Meaning and Symbolism


It’s Valentines Day, so everywhere I go vendors have popped up to sell cellophane-wrapped gift baskets, pink teddy bears, and bunches of red long stem roses. I never thought about where these roses came from until we visited Ecuador last year.

Almost all of the long stem roses sold in the US come from South America, and most of those roses come from Ecuador. There are two reasons for this. First, roses grow perfectly straight only near the equator where the sun shines perpendicular to the plan. Second, the high-altitude of the equatorial regions near Quito also offer powerful solar radiation that makes flowers grow to be heartier, with thicker stems and even, vibrant colors. Because of this combination of factors, vendors who sell roses from Ecuador are considered among the finest in the world.

Ecuadorian greenhouses, seen from the air

When we traveled from Quito to the indigenous market city of Otavalo, our bus passed through the heart of the county’s rose industry. Rows of greenhouses blanket the landscape for many miles. It’s clear this industry is the lifeblood of these communities. One municipality we passed had a sign depicting the name of the town and it’s motto, “Pedro Moncayo: Rose Capital of the World.” We didn’t get to visit the main town in the region, Cayambe, but another traveler told us that it has a nice cut-flower market, though I assume, the best flowers are reserved for export.

Rose monument in Pedro Moncayo, Ecuador

The industry dominates this region and the local economy has flourished from the global rose trade. Over 80% of all workers in the province work in the rose industry, and the global growth in demand (highest near Valentines Day and Mother’s Day) has brought economic improvements to the previously impoverished region.

Greenhouses in Pedro Moncayo, Ecuador

But as with any rapid economic development, there are downsides for workers and the communities. These large growers often rely on heavy doses of toxic pesticides, fungicides, and fumigants to grow perfect and unblemished roses. Companies often don’t provide necessary protective gear to workers, and this exposure poses serious risks to the workers that are surrounded by them all day, every day. These pollutants often make their way into the local water supply, exacerbating these health concerns.

If you are concerned about the working conditions and environmental impact of the flowers you buy, look for Fair Trade Certified or Veriflora Certified flowers. This international inspection organizations ensure partner manufacturers provide fair compensation, safe working conditions, and a less polluting production process.

I don’t regularly buy cut-flowers–I prefer living plants that I can enjoy longer–but when I do, I’ll be looking for those logos.

Photo source: Roses via Flickr/sylvia


Long Stemmed Roses

When in doubt, you can get long stem roses delivered fresh for any occasion. You can never go wrong with roses. Although each rose color means something different, there are no rules about sending them. A bouquet of beautiful vibrant red roses will be just as welcome as white roses. Long stemmed roses delivered are always a fantastic surprise; choose from an assortment of colors, roses counts ranging from 12 to 18 roses to 24 and trust ProFlowers to deliver the quality! Choose from a lovely frosted green or clear glass vase, or another option at checkout, or opt to pair your cool long-stemmed rose arrangement with a mouth-watering gourmet chocolate gift or even a wine and cheese or chocolate gift basket! Mixed with other blooms or made of only roses, the sheer variety of long stem rose bouquets available from ProFlowers is immense. We’re always willing to work with you on the color, number, greenery, or other elements that make your rose bouquet perfectly suited! You’ll always find the right choice for any occasion at ProFlowers, whether you’re sending it to a happy celebration, need a more muted arrangement to send your sympathy or if you’re receiving it for some other special occasion ? When you’re sending beautiful long stem roses to your mother, with ProFlowers, you can’t go wrong! As one of the most enduring symbols of love, it’s no surprise that the rose is among the most admired and evocative of flowers. Roses are, after all, a time-cherished tradition; and sending or giving them represents your love, hope, friendship and more.

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More than 40 years ago, Ruth Christoffers discovered an out let for her love of flowers. She began offering distinctive and personalized arrangements, a service which proved to be so popular, the demand could no longer be met from the confines of her garage. The business moved to our current space at 860 Mountain Avenue in August of 1980. Over the course of time, the shop has established a reputation for quality, dependability, and excellent service. Together, we nurture the spirit of innovation by leading Christoffers Florist in new and exciting directions. We offer not only fresh, floral arrangements, but also custom silk designs, cards, gifts, and home furnishings from around the globe. Under the new ownership of Ishani and Rajib Sarkar, Christoffers continues to thrive as our established staff, as always, is ready to assist you in finding that special gift to meet your taste and budget with personalized service that has allowed us to continue building lasting relationships with our customers. We look forward to the privilege of fulfilling your flower, gift, and home decor needs.

What’s the difference between short-and long-stemmed roses?

Valentine’s Day is just a month away and for many guys out there, this is the time to start thinking about the perfect gift for girlfriends or wives. Flowers are always a great way to go and for this holiday, roses are typically the norm. However, you might have come across both short- and long-stemmed roses and may be wondering, “what’s the difference?” The San Francisco Chronicle recently broke down the varieties so you’ll know which is best for sweetheart.

In most instances,a rose’s stem length depends on its type. More formal roses like the “Mr. Lincoln” variety tend to grow with longer stems due to the roses being bred with tea bushes. These hybrids are typically more upright and grow taller than other blossoms and are the most commonly sold blooms at florists.

Shrub roses, on the other hand, tend to be much more fragrant and grow in shorter masses than varieties with longer stems, the news outlet reports. Aside from having shorter stems, these type of roses are also typically smaller in size than those with hybrid roots. This variety may work best mixed in with a bouquet, while long-stemmed versions stand out stronger on their own.

Your leading lady is sure to love a collection of Valentine’s Day roses like Love and Devotion – Long Stemmed Red Roses by Teleflora. The arrangement of 24 red roses will likely earn you a Valentine’s Day kiss.

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Single Long Stem Rose Perth


Single Long Stem Rose Perth from St Anne’s Florist. We are the local Perth Florist that offers Perth Single Stem Rose Delivery 6 days a week. Order now!

Looking for Single Long Stem Rose Perth? St Anne’s Florist is the Perth Flower Shop of choice for many delivering flowers, hampers, gift baskets, chocolates, helium balloons, teddy bears, potted plants, other gifts and more since 1970.

St Anne’s Florist is a leading Perth Florist that is known for its fantastic industry leading customer service, highest quality of stock used and reliable same day delivery across the whole of the Perth metropolitan area. We not only offer Same Day Perth Delivery but also national and international delivery through the Interflora Network, of which we are a member.

Perth Single Long Stem Rose Delivery

Our range of Flowers includes just because flowers, birthday flowers, get well flowers, sympathy flowers, congratulations flowers, weekly corporate flowers, wedding flowers, valentine’s day flowers, mother’s day flowers and so much more! Our Flowers and Hampers are designd and made fresh daily by our highly trained Perth Florists. We also stock the best quality locally grown roses and romantic flowers that are perfect for someone looking for anniversary flowers or the best long stem red roses.

Due to the fact St Anne’s Florist is based in Perth, we receive many orders daily for Perth City and Perth CBD delivery. We offer Same Day Perth Flower Delivery throughout the suburb of Perth, as well as the adjoining suburbs of West Perth, East Perth, Northbridge and surrounding suburbs 6 days a week.

Although some may say or consider the city of Perth Western Australia is one of the world’s most isolated cities, that certainly doesn’t mean we don’t have access to the highest quality fresh flowers as in other Australian cities such as Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane. Our flower suppliers and flower growers provide us with the highest quality, longest lasting flowers that are available in Perth, ensuring that whatever your order it contains the highest quality floral stock available.

St Anne’s Florist stocks only the freshest of flowers, sourcing them daily from our local Perth flower growers, and when required due to seasonality from eastern states and overseas growers. We like to source local Perth flowers that are grown as close to our Perth Florist Shop as possible, we do this to reduce the time from when the flowers are picked fresh on the farm to when it is delivered for you.

Perth Single Long Stem Rose

St Anne’s Florist team of talented and highly trained Perth Florists create wonderful flower arrangements, flower bouquets, bouquet flowers, gift hampers, gift baskets, corporate gift baskets, fruit baskets, funeral wreaths, funeral sprays, coffin sprays, wedding and church flowers as well as event flowers on your behalf.

St Anne’s Florist not only delivers the best flowers around Perth, we also stock a massive range of awesome quality Gift Hampers and Gift Baskets that are really popular and suitable for all occasions. We stock Baby Gift Hampers, Wine & Cheese Hampers, Beer Hampers, Australian & Western Australian Produce Gift Baskets, Children’s Hampers, Fruit Gift Baskets, Fruit Hampers just to mention a few.

St Anne’s Florist sources locally made Western Australian and Australian made products for our Gift Hampers and Gift Baskets where ever possible. We are renowned for our exceptional customer service, exquisite beautifully presented products that represent great value.

St Anne’s Florist has been delivering Flowers, Hampers and Gifts across Perth for in excess of 47 years. You would be hard pressed to find a more experienced Florist Shop in Perth and you can be rest assured that your order for Perth delivery will be delivered on time, every single time. Whether it’s a local Perth delivery, in the greater Perth metropolitan area, throughout the state, around Australia or around the world rest easy we have you covered.

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We carry an extensive range of stock on hand so we are able to immediately process your order once it has been placed online to over the telephone, our Florists then prepare it ready for delivery to Perth within a very short amount of time. Combine this with the fact we are located actually in the suburb of Perth, you would be hard pressed to find another Florist that would get your order delivered to Perth and surrounds quicker.

Perth Single Rose Long Stem

St Anne’s Florist and Gift Baskets, has been making Flower and Hamper Deliveries to Perth and the whole of the Perth metro area for over 47 years. As we have our own Flower Couriers on staff in our own company owned delivery vans, we are able to get your flower or hamper order prepared and delivered to the recipient as quickly as possible. We are unlike many Florists in Perth and surrounds that use contract flower couriers who will only pickup flowers from there Florist Shops at 10am and 2pm daily. This restricts the ability to get your order to the recipient based in Perth as quickly as possible, especially if you have missed these cut off times.

For Guaranteed Same Day PerthDelivery, please place your Flower, Hamper or Gift order by 12.30pm on the desired weekday of delivery and 9.30am on Saturdays to ensure our couriers are able to deliver to the recipient based in Perth on your behalf.

If you haven’t tried St Anne’s Florist, the Perth Florist of choice for many for all of your Flower or Hamper Deliveries before, then why not to give us the opportunity to prove that we will be your Perth Florist Shop of choice. We are for many!

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