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What are long-stemmed roses and where do they come from? long-stemmed-weed

Weekend. The girls are home. After dinner, Sam stepped out, scanned the front garden and, as she usually does, picked a flower and gave it to me. There is a long version of the flowers-for-mommy story, you can click the link if you want to read it, otherwise, suffice to say that Sam went back inside the house holding a tiny wildflower and was asking about long-stemmed roses. long-stemmed-weed2

The way I understood the question, she wanted to know if “long-stemmed” simply refers to the manner in which a rose is cut. I told her that the term “long-stemmed” is more commercial than botanical (or something to that effect) although not all rose varieties can be cut long-stem style. Climbing roses, for instance, will never grow stems that are long and sturdy enough to qualify a cut flower as a long-stemmed rose.

The discussion prompted me to read up on the topic. I found an article in the San Francisco Gate that breaks down rose varieties according to physical characteristics, as follows: hybrid tea roses, floribunda roses, shrub roses, and ramblers and climbers. Long-stemmed roses

The hybrid tea bushes are generally upright and taller than they are wide, bearing roses that resemble the long-stemmed specimens sold by florists…

Floribunda roses… have the same large blooms and long stems as hybrid tea roses but bear flowers in small clusters…

Shrub roses… bear masses of flowers on short stems.

Climbing and rambling roses… feature long canes or branches, with blooms borne on short stems…

So, there. Just so it’s clear: “Long-stemmed” does not refer to a botanical classification but is a term used by flower sellers. Most long-stemmed roses are Hybrid Tea roses. Bouquet of long-stemmed roses

From ProFlowers:

Long stemmed roses, as we know them today, are typically variants of a classification of rose known as the Hybrid Tea. These roses originated in the 1800’s when, for the first time, roses newly introduced from China were cross-bred with European roses…

Sam can read this post later and have a more complete answer to her question about long-stemmed roses. As for myself, if the topic should arise again in the future, I’ll be able to give an answer that is more informative than the generic explanation that I gave Sam earlier.

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