(Continued from last week)

There are five classes of roses: Hybrid Tea, Floribunda, Miniature, Climbers or Ramblers and Shrub roses.

The Hybrid Tea Rose is the most popular class. It is one of the best recognized among cut flowers. When used as a cut flower, the stems are long and the blooms shapely.

This hybrid is originally derived from cross pollination and is rightly regarded as the Queen of Roses.

In 1867 a chance cross between a delicate Tea Rose and a Hybrid Perpetual give rise to the first Hybrid Tea Rose – La France.  This rose is well known to keen rose growers.

A typical Hybrid Tea Rose’s blooms are medium sized to large with many petals forming a distinct central cone. The blooms are borne singly or with several buds in several colours and the fragrance is usually moderate to strong.

Some of the popular Hybrid Tea Roses that have been successfully grown in Guyana over the years are Chicago Peace, Super Star, Peace, Christian Dior, Mr Lincoln and Crimson Glory.

They can be grown as potted plants or planted into the ground and persons take pleasure in cutting these roses and decorating the home with them.

Until next week, Happy Gardening.


Looking at local flowers

When the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) introduced Horticulture as part of its Agriculture Science Syllabus some ten years ago, both students and teachers were at a loss as to where to access such information or who to turn to for help.

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Know your pines

There are many types of pine trees and in Guyana some people tend to confuse the names and varieties.

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Caring for your gift plants

Many of you would have received potted plants as gifts and with the holiday season having ended, I have received many telephone calls on how to care for these new plants.

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Thuja originated in Denmark and comes from the Cypress family; it was after World War II that it spread across Europe, then to Asia and North America.

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It’s here! Just in time for Christmas. Last weekend, I received the most beautiful, potted, red, velvet-like Poinsettia evoking the spirit of Christmas.

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