Those Valentine's Day roses

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Peter Harris
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Those Valentine's Day roses

Post: # 67066Post Peter Harris
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:30 pm

Ever wonder what happened to the production of roses as cut flowers in the U.S.A.? ... tines-day/

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Re: Those Valentine's Day roses

Post: # 67071Post jbergeson
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:00 pm

Thanks, Peter. That was interesting. I'd like to visit Colombia someday.

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Location: Zone 9b Central California, Sunset Zone 15

Re: Those Valentine's Day roses

Post: # 67074Post roseseek
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:50 pm

That is an element, but the cut flower trade, particularly roses, is far from dead. Eufloria is alive and very well right here where I live. There are many others, most of which don't have web sites, but they produce many hundreds of thousands of cut stems and are fixtures at all of the farmer's markets. I know they also ship out vast quantities of cut flowers. Check out Instagram. Gracie Rose Farm has operated in Thousand Oaks and Moorpark but recently purchased a nearly 10 acre horse ranch in Santa Ynez ($2.4 million!) and is moving many thousands of bushes from their former production fields to the new property. The most popular roses for her are the coffee types. Last year, she bought out the entire stock of Koko Loko and Distant Drums across the country and had Weeks custom bud her over a thousand Koko Loko bushes. Another rose friend from Garden Web has stated a similar business in Nashville, though she doesn't use the systemics nor fertigation. There are more suppliers than you would imagine.
California Central Coast
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