The red rose is grown mainly for its ornamental uses. Roses need lots of sun, 6 hours a day will make them bloom better and less susceptible to pests and disease. They should be planted in rich well-draining soil that has an organic mix such as ground bark or compost as backfill. Weekly watering is usually enough, make sure the soil is damp but not saturated. Roses usually bloom in May and June then again in fall around September. They bloom in six to eight-week cycles.
The common red roses you see today are not a species they are hybrids that were developed over centuries from many different rose species from across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. It's almost impossible to trace back every species used to create the red rose. There is only one species of rose that is red which is the species Rosa moyesii. Most rose species are white, pink and yellow possibly mixed with other colors. "Red Roses" did not exist until they were created through hybridization.
The red rose has been around for a very long time and can be found in myth and legend going back as far as ancient Greece. Learn more about the history, symbolism, and meaning of the red rose.
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