Available year-round in a wide range of solid and bi-colored varieties, Spray Roses are characterized with multiple flowers branching from the stem. The stem ends in an inflorescence with multiple buds with different stages of development, size and opening. Multiple number of flowers per stem (can range from 3 to 10). Common flower colors include red, pink, orange, yellow, and white.
Species: Rosa cvs. Hybrids
Origin: Most rose species native to Asia, few belongs to North America and Europe.
Symbolizes: Red: love Pink: grace, gratitude, happiness. White: purity, innocence Yellow: friendship, loss
Also Known As: Rose
Care, Handling & Design
Temperature: 34-38 F (1-3 C)
Water: Medium water quality. Avoid softened water.
Vase Life: 4-12 days
What to Look for When Purchasing
Spray roses are typically harvested at stage 3. Free from botrytis: Brown spots or patches on the outer petals may be an indication of botrytis infection. Free of mechanical damage. Avoid flower stems with obvious excessive wilting symptoms which is an indication of improper temperature and humidity management.
Rose wraps should be left in place to support the flower heads for 1 hour during hydration. Remove foliage that falls below the solution level, but do not over-strip since the foliage aides the hydration process. Spray Roses are versatile flowers, often associated with romance and elegance. They make beautiful vase arrangements, as well as single-stem gifts. They are commonly used in boutonnieres or corsages for high school proms, homecomings, and weddings. Spray roses are popular for their natural, just-picked from the garden look. They are ideal for bouquets where you only need one stem as a filler. They are easy to work with: just drop a few stems in a loose vase arrangement. Since most come with their own beautiful foliage, you don’t need to add a lot more. Another welcome feature: most have fewer thorns. Different varieties open differently. Some open gradually like a hybrid tea rose; others open fully, more like a garden rose. An unusual arrangement is to combine different varieties along with other sorts of flowers in shades of one particular color.
Most varieties are ethylene sensitive. Symptoms include poor opening, wilting, and petal discoloration.
Pest & Disease Information
Spray roses are susceptible to botrytis, affecting flower petals, leaves, and stems. Significantly reduces vase life. Symptoms include brown blotches on petals and gray fuzzy growth on leaves, stems or flowers.
Florets dropping prematurely: May be associated with ethylene damage. Buds Fail to Open: Possibly harvested too early, had extended period out of water, extended storage, exposure to temperature or humidity extremes. Bent neck: Dehydration, exposure to high temperature or low humidity, exposure to ethylene, and high microbe growth. A rose that exhibits bent neck conditions may be revived by re-cutting stems. Storage of flowers for longer periods could lead to reduced vase life.
For optimal care of Roses (Spray), please reference the chart of products below. Make sure to select your region to see which products are available.