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Red Roses

History of Red Roses

The rose has been one of mankind's favorite flowers since prehistoric times, and as early as the era of Greek Mythology, the red rose has become the symbol for lovers. Greek Mythology tells the tale of the yearning and passion associated with the red rose. Aphrodite, the goddess of love, created the red rose after being pricked by the thorns of a rosebush in her attempt to help her slain lover, Adonis. Her blood and the mix of their tears created the red rose. In a different version of this myth, it is Adonis' blood and Aphrodite's tears that mixed to create the red rose.

Roman mythology also tells the tale of the red rose. According to one myth, Venus, the Roman name for Aphrodite, created the red rose from her tears. A different myth explains that once, when Venus was walking through a garden, she pricked her foot on a thorn, her blood falling on a rose and turning it red. Another myth tells of Cupid pouring a glass of wine on the rose, creating its beautiful crimson red color.


Most everyone knows that red roses are symbols of love. On Valentine's Day, an estimated 180 million roses were sold, 74% of the purchases made by men, according to the National Retail Federation. More than 1.2 billion cut roses are purchased in the U.S. every year. Red roses are the flower of choice on Valentine's Day-make sure to get yours early as they are the first to sell out in February!


The red rose represents love, especially romantic love. A bouquet of red roses, or a single long stemmed red rose, is a classic way of saying "I love you". Red roses can be mixed with other colors of roses to represent different emotions. For example, red roses mixed with yellow roses represent happiness, celebration, and joviality. The orange rose comes from a blend of the red and yellow rose, therefore representing enthusiasm and desire. Red roses combined with white roses symbolize bonding and harmony.


Just received a beautiful bouquet of red roses? Or a single stunning long stemmed red rose? You'll surely want to care for your roses the best you can, keeping them looking fresh and maximizing their lifespan. Here are a few tips on caring for your cut roses. While holding the end of the stem under water, cut off about an inch of the rose stem at an angle. Make sure to give your red roses plenty of water, room temperature seems to be the best. If you received flower food with your bouquet, make sure to add it to the water. By keeping the water fresh and the roses out of direct sunlight, you will help preserve the beauty of your red roses.

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