Give a rose plant along with cut flowers this Valentine’s Day and enjoy roses longer

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Give a rose plant along with cut flowers this Valentine’s Day and enjoy roses longer

Pink roses bloom on a rose bush at the University of Georgia Research and Education Garden in Griffin. Roses come in a plethora of colors now, not just the traditional red. (Special Photo) On Valentine’s Day, the demand for cut flowers, especially for roses, is high. This year, Keith Fielder, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent and rose grower, suggests giving a rose plant along with those fresh cut roses so your sweetheart can enjoy roses almost year-round. “Buy your sweetie a nice, dozen, cut roses, and then give her a few bare root roses that the two of you can plant together,” said Fielder. “Once you plant them, you can enjoy the roses together year after year.” Fielder began his garden with six varieties of roses and has now grown upwards of 25 different rose varieties over the past 28 years with the help of his wife, Roseanne. “Part of the fun of growing roses is sitting down and going through a catalog together to decide what you want to plant together,” he said. If you want to grow long-stem roses that work well in cut floral arrangements, Fielder recommends hybrid tea roses, which tend to be fragrant. […]