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Rose Information

Our Roses

At the bottom of this page is a partial selection of the roses we have shipped to us directly from the growers in Ecuador.

Origin & History

Fossil evidence shows that roses have existed since prehistoric times. The first cultivated roses appeared in Asian gardens more than 5,000 years ago. Roses were introduced to Europe during the Roman Empire, where they were mainly used for ornamental purposes. Cleopatra is said to have scattered rose petals before Mark Anthony's feet; Nero released roses from the ceiling during extravagant feasts and banquets.

Sentiment & Symbolism

Roses, it is said, blushed with shame as God expelled Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden. According to Roman legend, a number of suitors were keen on marrying a beautiful woman named Rodanthe, but she did not care for any of them. Despite her ambivalence, the suitors continued to woo Rodanthe so zealously that they broke through the doors of her home. Angered by their actions and wanting to teach the suitors a lesson, the goddess Diana turned Rodanthe into a rose, and her suitors into thorns.

The rose is the flower emblem of England. According to English superstition, if the petals fall from a fresh-cut red rose, bad luck will soon follow. The red rose is the badge of the House of Lancaster and the flower of Eros and Cupid. In Wales, the white rose represents innocence and silence, and is thus placed on the grave of a young child. To Native Americans, the white rose symbolizes security and happiness, and is often worn during wedding ceremonies. The white rose is the badge of the House of York and the flower of the Virgin Mary.

Colour Messages

Exquisite and radiant, the rose is the principal messenger of love. A single rose denotes perpetual love; two roses of any color taped or wired together signify a commitment or forthcoming marriage.

Single Colour Meanings

  • Red roses of any hue say "I love you"; deep red roses imply unconscious beauty.

  • White roses signify spiritual love and purity; bridal white means happy love.

  • Today, yellow roses signify joy and gladness; historically, they meant a decrease of love and infidelity.

  • Coral roses imply desire; orange say "I am fascinated and enthusiastic."

  • Lavender roses mean love at first sight

  • Light pink roses imply grace, gentility and admiration; dark pink roses say "thank you."

  • In general, pale-coloured roses signify friendship.

Combined Colour Meanings

  • Red and yellow roses mixed together say "Congratulations!"

  • Yellow and orange roses together imply passionate thoughts.

  • Red and white roses signify unity.

Rose Care and Tips

  • Remove any water vials which may have been shipped with your roses. These provide only a temporary water source during delivery. However, do not remove floral wires which may have been attached to individual rose stems. These provide helpful support for some roses.

  • Remove any leaves which will be below water, being careful not to scrape or cut through the green bark of the stems. Air may enter stems at such injuries, blocking water uptake.   Leaves left under water will cause bacteria to develop and will significantly shorten the life of your roses.

  • Prepare a deep vase or other container with an ample supply of lukewarm water. Avoid water from a water softener. Be sure to use a clean container, and, for best results, include floral preservative, if provided. Mix the preservative with room temperature water, in the proportion recommended on the package. Floral preservative provides sugars, balances pH, and limits bacterial growth.

  • Fill a sink or wide container with several inches of warm water. While holding each stem under water, cut about one inch diagonally off the end with a sharp knife or shears. Place the roses in your container before the stems dry off.

  • Gently remove any outermost petals which may have been bruised during shipping. Removing a few petals will not damage a blossom and will often help it open more fully.

  • Display your roses in a cool location, out of direct sunlight or drafts, and away from electrical appliances (for safety and to avoid heat.) Then, check your arrangement daily to make sure it has plenty of clear, fresh water. If the water appears dirty after a couple of days, replace it completely.

  • If some roses should start to droop their heads prematurely, it may be due to air trapped in the stems. Recut the stems underwater as described above. Then, let the roses float on the water surface with the stem ends below water and the rose heads in a straightened position. In many cases, the roses will revive and harden within about an hour, ready to be returned to your arrangement.

  • Avoid keeping your roses near fresh fruit.  Ripening fruit gives off ethylene gas which will significantly reduce the life of your roses.

  • If your roses remain tight and are not blooming, recut them as described above and place them into hot (not boiling) water.  You may also place a paper or  plastic bag over the roses for an hour or two to encourage the roses to bloom.

  • Many varieties of roses now bloom very quickly (such as the Bluebird rose) but will stay open anywhere from 5 to 10 days.

Types of Roses

Aalsmer Gold

Anna

Head Size: 4.1cm
Colour: Deep yellow colour.
Live in Vase: 10 days.
Characteristics: 100% open
Head Size: 5.1cm.
Colour: Very soft pink.
Live in Vase: 11 days.
Characteristics: Very well open
   

Blue Bird

Blue Curiosa

Head Size: 4.5 cm.
Colour: Lavender
Live in Vase: 9 days.
Characteristics: Very well open
Head Size: 4.5 cm.
Colour: Lavender
Live in Vase: 9 days.
Characteristics: Very well open
   

Caramella

Charlotte

Head Size: 3.5 cm.
Colour: Bi-colour
Live in Vase: 11 days.
Characteristics: Very well open
Head Size: 5 cm.
Colour: Red velvet colour
Live in Vase: 9 days.
Characteristics: Very well open.
   

Classy

Clear Ocean

Head Size: 5.3 cm.
Colour: Red
Live in Vase: 9 days.
Characteristics: Very well open
Head Size: 5.1 cm.
Colour: Cream
Live in Vase: 11 days.
Characteristics: 100% open
   

Donna

Henry Matisse

Head Size: 4.3 cm.
Colour: peach Bi-colour.
Live in Vase: 10 days.
Characteristics: 100% open.
Head Size: 4 cm.
Colour: Bi-colour, many colours
Live in Vase: 9 days.
Characteristics: Very well open
   

Hot Princess

Jacaranda

Head Size: 4 cm.
Colour: Hot Pink
Live in Vase: 9 days.
Characteristics: 100% open
Head Size: 4.1 cm.
Colour: Hot Pink.
Live in Vase: 9 days.
Characteristics: Very well open.
   

Judy

Julia

Head Size: 5.5 cm.
Colour: yellow
Live in Vase: 11 days.
Characteristics: Very well open, big head and nice shape.
Head Size: 4 cm.
Colour: Bi-colour.
Live in Vase: 11 days.
Characteristics: Very well open.
   

Konfetti

Leonidis

Head Size: 4 cm.
Colour: a two-coloured rose golden with red borders.
Live in Vase: 9 days.
Characteristics: The big, elegant, pointed bud blooms up very slowly.
Head Size: 4.3 cm.
Colour: Bi-colour chocolate-brown.
Live in Vase: 11 days.
Characteristics: Very well open.
   

Lipstick

Movie Star

Head Size: 4.5 cm.
Colour: Bi-colour.
Live in Vase: 10 days.
Characteristics: 100% open.
Head Size: 5.2 cm.
Colour: Orange.
Live in Vase: 10 days.
Characteristics: Very well open.
   

Osiana

Peckoubo

Head Size: 4.9 cm.
Colour: Peach.
Live in Vase: 10 days.
Characteristics: Very well open.
Head Size: 4.6 cm.
Colour: Light Pink
Live in Vase: 9 days.
Characteristics: Very well open, nice shape.
   

Raphaela

Ravel

Head Size: 5.6 cm.
Colour: Elegant and beautiful bright raspberry-red with silver-white outside petals.
Live in Vase: 10 days.
Characteristics: The big pointed buds have to be cut rise and open very slowly.
Head Size: 5.5 cm.
Colour: Hot Pink.
Live in Vase: 10 days.
Characteristics: Very well open.
   

Rouge Beisier

Skyline

Head Size: 5.8 cm.
Colour: Red
Live in Vase: 11 days.
Characteristics: Very well open.
Head Size: 5 cm.
Colour: Yellow
Live in Vase: 11 days.
Characteristics: 100% open.
   

Star 2000

Tango

Head Size: 4.7 cm.
Colour: Orange
Live in Vase: 9 days.
Characteristics: Very well open.
Head Size: 4.6 cm.
Colour: Bi-colour
Live in Vase: 11 days.
Characteristics: Very well open.
   

Versilia

Virginia

Head Size: 5.5 cm.
Colour: Delightful peach-pink colour.
Live in Vase: 11 days.
Characteristics: Very well open.
Head Size: 5.5 cm.
Colour: White.
Live in Vase: 11 days.
Characteristics: Very well open, perfect choice for weddings arrangement.
Store Location

2004 Centre Street NE
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
T2E 2T1

Telephone: 403-276-1184
Toll-Free: 1-800-661-1568
E-mail: rose@redroseflorist.ab.ca

Store Hours
Days Open Closed Cut Off Time
Monday 6:30 AM 8:00 PM 6:00 PM
Tuesday 6:30 AM 8:00 PM 6:00 PM
Wednesday 6:30 AM 8:00 PM 6:00 PM
Thursday 6:30 AM 9:00 PM 6:00 PM
Friday 6:30 AM 9:00 PM 6:00 PM
Saturday 7:30 AM 7:00 PM 2:00 PM
Sunday 9:30 AM 5:30 PM 5:00 PM
Christmas Hours (Dec 11th - Dec 15th)
Monday 6:30 AM 9:00 PM 6:00 PM
Tuesday 6:30 AM 9:00 PM 6:00 PM
Wednesday 6:30 AM 9:00 PM 6:00 PM
Thursday 6:30 AM 9:00 PM 6:00 PM
Friday 6:30 AM 9:00 PM 6:00 PM
Christmas Hours (Dec 16th - Dec 17th)
Saturday 7:30 AM 9:00 PM 5:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM 6:00 PM 2:00 PM
Christmas Hours (Dec 18th to Dec 22nd)
Monday 6:30 AM 9:00 PM 6:00 PM
Tuesday 6:30 AM 9:00 PM 6:00 PM
Wednesday 6:30 AM 9:00 PM 6:00 PM
Thursday 6:30 AM 9:00 PM 6:00 PM
Friday 6:30 AM 9:00 PM 6:00 PM
Christmas Hours (Dec 23rd - Dec 24th)
Saturday 7:30 AM 9:00 PM 5:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
Christmas Hours (Dec 25)
CLOSED
Christmas Hours (Dec 31st)
Sunday 9:30 AM 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
January 1st 2018
Monday 12:00PM 5:30PM 4:00 PM