Super-long roses cost $260 a dozen

amberroses(10a)February 13, 2013

I know I've seen these long roses on this forum before, but I am curious about a quote in the story below:

"It takes special conditions to grow these giant flowers. The roses grow in Ecuador's volcanic soil, at 10,000 feet above sea level, and are left on the stem for about four months. That's twice as long as the typical rose, FTD vice president of design Michael Skaff told the newspaper."

What do you think that statement means? I know they can't be saying it takes 4 months for the bud to bloom. Maybe they let the stem grow for four months?

Here is a link that might be useful: Big Roses

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musaboru(Inland Calif.)

On my Yves Piaget, I waited nearly 3 months for a bud to fully developed and it finally opened recently. I believe it was due to the chilly weather. So for a rose at said elevation, that may be a factor in slow growth.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 2:21PM
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Maude80

I believe I read that they also grow one rose per bush when it's the very long stemmed ones. I guess that allows all of the plant's energy to go to that single rose.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 7:05PM
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amberroses(10a)

Seriously musaboru, three months! Wow. I guess your experience makes their claim of 4 months not seems too unlikely.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 9:07PM
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