Roses lose appeal for hobbyists, growers

Roses lose appeal for hobbyists, growers

Popularity of hybrid tea roses, in particular, see decline

February 13, 2012
Industry News



California’s rose industry is at a crossroads, according to an article in The Sacramento Bee. In recent years, homeowners have traded their big tea roses for low-maintenance, compact shrub roses. This trend has resulted in sagging sales for the industry overall, and less interest in breeding new varieties.

"At some point, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. [Landscape] roses will be all you have; the beautiful, unique hybrid teas will be gone," Charlie Anderson, president of Weeks Roses told the paper.

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Image: Legends hybrid tea, Weeks Roses