What About the Red Edge on the Avalanche+ Roses?

Where do the red specks come from? And is it a good sign?

written by: Thursd. | 24-06-2020

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An Explanation?

You have definitely sometimes spotted the red edges on the Avalanche+ roses. You see it with all growers and most in the wintertime. Where does this red come from, why is it in the outer part of some petals of the Avalanche+ roses? Is it a bad thing?


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Having red edges on the Avalanches+ in this design from Jane Packer, would have only been an addition to the design.

The red is not always wanted

In the purest white of roses, a reddish speck on the edges of some flower petals is for some not always wanted. Some florists do not mind at all, but most tell us they prefer to receive their Avalanches without the red specks.



Happy roses

The red specks actually tell you that the flowers are very happy in the place they grow. So, for the grower, it’s not a bad sign. Although most growers of the Avalanche+ roses say it’s something they try to avoid because ‘the markets’ say they rather have them without.

In wintertime with cooler nights, the roses grow differently than in summertime. When having a better resting time during the night, the roses are happier while growing and show more signs of their happiness. Most rose varieties, and Avalanche+ as well, like to have warmer days and cooler nights. Just like when growing in nature.


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A steady growth and resting cycle under the best conditions will give you the best quality roses. That is what a grower tries to mimic; the best conditions. When in winter the resting at night of the rose is a bit deeper, the rose gets more rest. Then when the morning comes and the rose wakes up and starts to grow, an activity in the vascular system of the rose happens which makes the pressure getting higher. This colors some of the edges of the petals a bit red.


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Say it to your customers

So when you do see a red edge on some Avalanche+ roses, you know you have very content and happy roses in your hands. Maybe this is something to consider to tell to your customers. And then maybe more people will ask for it, and the red edges on Avalanche+ roses are viewed in a different way.


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