Roses stand alongside the Lily as the oldest cultivated flowers in
Europe. It is the flower we have long associated with love and beauty. The first thing people do when given roses is dive in with their nose to smell the enchanting fragrance. If they are home grown roses we are often mesmerised by the wonder of the aroma. Florist and supermarket roses often lead to disappointment as the smell has been lost in the breeding of many commercial roses with their quest for long lasting petals.
There are over 30,000 cultivars of roses, much more than you will ever see at a florist, garden centre or hardware store. Many of these roses are not in commercial cultivation and can be found along roadside ditches, in cemeteries and in the front gardens of houses everywhere.
In the tropics people often espouse that roses cannot be grown due to the high levels of humidity. This is far from the case. The cold climates claim to have disease free plants with minimal maintenance. While this may be true, in the subtropics we have roses flowering for ten months of the year, only breaking for their mid-year prune. They bound back twice as fast as the cooler states and are flowering again in August.
Subtropical roses flower for two to four months longer than in cool climates and in many cases the bushes grow larger and produce more flowers. More maintenance is required, but the payoff is there to make it worthwhile.
The article covers the following:
Roses suitable for subtropical climates
– Modern garden roses
– Old garden roses
– Wild roses
- Hybrid Tea Roses
- Floribunda Roses
– Pests and Diseases