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Red roses

31-01-2019
There is no such thing as the standard red rose. There are so many different varieties, each with its own story and strong characteristics. Our rose specialist has made a list for you for Valentine’s Day. As well as mentioning all the different roses, he also recommends some growers.

Dutch red roses
Dutch roses are renowned for their excellent vase life. Three varieties stand out:

Red Naomi
Characteristics: The Red Naomi is known for its warm shade of red and soft velvety hues. It has long stems and excellent transport properties.
Flower size: 9 – 14 cm
Length: 50 – 90 cm
Vase life: 14 days
Growers: Porta Nova and van der Drift Roses occupy the top segment.

Red Eagle
Characteristics: This red rose is known for its bright, flame-red colour, which does not fade at all during the flowering period.
Flower size: 10 – 12 cm
Length: 50 – 90 cm
Vase life: 10 – 12 days
Grower: Arend Roses

Testarossa
Characteristics: The Testarossa is as red as the Ferrari Testarossa. It is known for its long lengths of 80 – 90 cm.
Flower size: 5.5 cm +
Length: 80 – 90 cm
Vase life: 10 – 12 days
Grower: GAM vd Berg

Kenyan roses
Kenyan roses grow in a warmer climate and the nurseries are often situated in elevated positions. This allows the roses to grow more steadily, resulting in roses with a nice thick stem.

Rhodos
Characteristics: Rhodos is definitely one of the top ten rose varieties. This rose has a bright red colour.
Flower size: 5 – 6.5 cm
Length: 40 – 90 cm
Vase life: 8 – 10 days
Growers: Porini, Everflora Flower Farm and PJ Dave

Ever Red
Characteristics: Ever Red is a fairly new variety but is able to hold its own against the more established varieties. The flower has a bright red colour and an elongated shape.
Flower size: 5 – 6.5 cm
Length: 40 – 80 cm
Vase life: 8 – 10 days
Growers: Rift Valley Roses occupies the top segment, but you can also expect good quality from Lolomarik, Timaflor, Bliss, Porini Premium Flowers and Bloomingdale Roses.

Red Ribbon
Characteristics: The Red Ribbon is a smaller red rose variety that is perfect for bouquets.
Flower size: 4 cm +
Length: 35 – 70 cm
Vase life: 10 – 12 days
Growers: Kneppers Rozen, Ol-Njorowa, Rosa Plaza

Madam Red
Characteristics: Madam Red is a gorgeous burgundy rose.
Flower size: 4.5 cm +
Length: 40 – 90 cm
Vase life: 8 – 10 days
Growers: Bloomingdale Roses, Kisima Farm

Ecuador
The red roses from Ecuador grow on the equator and often high in the mountains. This is the ideal climate for growing top-quality roses. That means thick stems, large flowers and even more intense colours.

Freedom
Characteristics: Freedom distinguishes itself with its bright red colour and long, slender head.
Flower size: 6.5 cm
Length: 50 – 90 cm
Vase life: 18 days
Growers: Tessa Corp, Picasso Roses, Josarflor

Explorer
Characteristics: The star-shaped Explorer rose has a darker colour than the Freedom rose.
Flower size: 5 – 6 cm
Length: 60 – 90 cm
Vase life: 18 days
Growers: Tessa Corp, Picasso, Josarflor