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When Roses Go Dormant

Why do Roses go Dormant? Dormancy is an essential part of the life cycle of a rose. It is part of the natural cycle whereby the rose drops any foliage that could be damaged by freezing temperatures. In a way, the plant begins to create its own antifreeze. The cell sap begins to thicken, helping to...

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To Name A Rose

Sometimes I think the most difficult part in the development of a new rose is to give it a name. Choosing the “varietal name," which is the one under which a new rose will be patented, is easy. We take the first three letters of the breeder’s name (MEI for Meilland , RAD for Radler , SPR for Jim...

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Is This Rose Fragrant? Depends on the Nose of the Beholder!

In my most recent blogs, I discussed how to define fragrance in roses and how it can be transmitted to future generations, as well as how it can be described to create new perfumes . Here I will try to answer the very basic question of what makes a particular rose fragrant (or not), and why some...

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