Roses are by far our most popular flower variety at Sunshine. We’ve tested and grown hundreds of hybrids in different sizes and colors at our farms, and we just love working with the versatile beauty they offer in a range of design styles year-round.
You may already know that roses are the most popular flowers in the world – with so many different varieties, it’s easy to think that there’s a rose out there for every taste! With that said, do you know how to differentiate between varieties? Below, we’ll explore this in more detail.
Traditional roses have been studied and traced back to almost 35 million years ago, meaning they have been around longer than humans. Modern day roses are thought to have been first cultivated in China and Egypt, where plants were sorted and selected by color. This type of rose has hundreds of varieties and is the most commonly recognized by flower aficionados and amateurs alike.
Traditional rose characteristics:
- A long, firm and thorny stem
- Multiple layers of soft petals
- Large heads, varying sizes
- One bloom per stem
Spray roses, on the other hand, are a hybrid variety of the traditional rose. Spray roses, sometimes referred to as sweetheart roses, are attractive due to the number of blooms in a single stem compared to other varieties. Spray roses are pretty much miniature versions of traditional roses with the same color variations but with a couple of differentiating characteristics that visually set them apart.
Spray rose characteristics:
- Short, slim stem
- Also have multiple layers of soft petals
- Miniature head sizes
- Multiple blooms per stem
While traditional roses can be used in bouquets, arrangements and a range of designs as the main star of the show, spray roses typically have a different role. Their shorter stem calls for small floral arrangements and are a favorite for corsages. Nevertheless, both types of roses are beautiful on their own or when incorporated into a work of floral art!