You have a dear friend that you want to send a message to. They need to know that you care, or that you value their friendship or that they’re in your thoughts. Or perhaps you’re excited about an accomplishment or grateful for a gift. You don’t want them to just think of it as a message of friendship (that would require a yellow rose), but rather, of deep emotion.
On those special occasions deep with meaning, you need to send orange roses. Whether you’re bursting with enthusiasm or passion or even gratitude, sending orange roses along with a note gets your thoughts across to the recipient with elegance — without sending the wrong message that red roses probably would.
History Of The Orange Rose
Orange roses first showed up around the turn of the 20th century when breeders began experimenting with crossing the yellow rose of friendship with the red rose of love. The result was a soft, lovely shade of orange that has persisted in reasonable popularity to this day.
These flowers are traditionally popular during the bright summer months. That makes sense because of their bright, sunny coloring.
Famous Uses of Orange Roses
Perhaps because they are a relative newcomer to the rose world, orange roses don’t have a lot of famous references. There is one well rated book of poetry at Amazon titled “Orange Roses” that represent a Harvard-educated PhD’s path to finding meaning in verse (Lucy Ives). Outside of that I was hard pressed to find orange roses used with significant meaning in either movies or stage theatre. Hopefully we’ll see these lovely specimens used more often in the future.
How To Grow Orange Roses
Because roses have become so hybridized, they are very hardy despite their delicate appearance. With the exception of Rose Rosette Disease, they are also quite disease resistant.
Growing orange roses isn’t much different than other forms of hybrid roses.
- The roses need to be in a well-drained location that gets lots of sun and good air circulation. Roses grow best in direct soil rather than pots, so keep that in mind.
- Two to three inches of mulch help to keep the soil moist and prevent weeds from competing for the nutrients from the ground, but leave a small area around the base — you don’t want the mulch right up against the plant.
- Orange roses should be well watered once a week. If you live in a sandy, dry climate they may require even more watering.
- A granular fertilizer should be used once the rose begin to show leaves (typically around February to March). Apply the fertilizer again after each bloom cycle (April to August) as required.
- The roses will need pruning each January or February. Remove any dead blooms to encourage continued growth, as well as any dead or damaged branches.
- To help prevent disease, be sure to remove any dead leaves or debris from around the rose beds on a regular basis. Mildew, rust and “black spot” can be real problems if refuse is allowed to gather.
So the next time you’re filled with a strong (platonic) emotion and need to share it with someone, send some orange roses. They’ll brighten the day of just about anyone.