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Rose Traditions & Meanings: Long Stemmed Roses

Long stemmed roses carry a deep meaning and are often the most desired and appreciated type of rose. A bouquet of long stemmed roses signifies, “I will remember you always.” A single long stemmed rose imparts a message of simplicity, such as “I love you” or “Thank you.”

The elegant appearance of the long stemmed rose has made it one of the most popular flowers in existence. As the classic symbol for love, long stemmed red roses have become the preferred choice for romantic occasions. Long stemmed roses are also available in a variety of other colors, which makes them a fitting gift for a multitude of occasions. Their long, rigid stems make them ideal for arrangement and presentation in a vase, which has helped them become the favored rose for most cut flower arrangements.
Long stemmed roses, as we know them today, are typically variants of a classification of rose known as the Hybrid Tea. These roses originated in the 1800’s when, for the first time, roses newly introduced from China were cross-bred with European roses. The results were so revolutionary that the advent of the Hybrid Tea rose is generally regarded as the turning point between Old Garden Roses and Modern Roses.


These long stemmed roses with large single blooms combined the pleasing scent of the tea rose with the ability to bloom repeatedly throughout the year. They also introduced a whole new range of colors to the palette. They quickly grew in popularity and are now the roses most often used to express our heart-felt sentiments to our loved ones.

Long stemmed roses are special because of the meanings we associate with them. They carry a wealth of significance that adds to their already impressive appearance. The traditional message of a bouquet of long stemmed roses is, “I will remember you always.” They can also be used to communicate to someone, “I still love you.” And of course, a bouquet of long stemmed red roses is the ultimate expression of true love. They can represent a love that runs deep and is long-lasting. A long stem rose bouquet can express that extra bit of love and gratitude to someone who is extra special.




Say it with Single Rose : Learn Its Meaning too

A single Rose says a lot and a lot more distinctly. Find out it what it says in different colors.

single rose


A single red rose says: “I love you” and “You’re the only one for me”.


single white

A single white rose says: “My feelings are pure”


single yellow

A single yellow rose says: “You bring joy to my life” “Let’s be friends”


single pink

A single pink rose says: “I like you”


single orange

A single orange rose says: “I am proud of you”


single peach

A single peach rose says: “Thank you” “I sympathize with you”


single lavender

A single lavender rose says: “I am enchanted by you”


single blue

A single blue rose says: “You seem like an unattainable dream”


A crown of roses indicates reward of virtue


A bouquet of roses in full bloom indicates gratitude

roses in tuft grass
Rose in a tuft of grass indicates there is everything to be gained by good company.

Rose History

Rose garden Frame

The origin of roses and their early evolution is merely a matter of conjecture. Fossils seems to indicate that roses existed in prehistoric times and rose gardening probably began in China, some 5000 years ago. Over the centuries changes occurred in the genus Rosa either through natural or artificial hybridization.

Botanists seem to agree that roses of prehistoric times were of the single bloom type. Surprisingly the genus Rosa is found exclusively in certain zones of the northern hemisphere in the wild: in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and America.

During the Roman period, roses were grown extensively in the Middle East. Pliny the Elder devoted a large part of Book XXI of his Historia Naturalis to roses. Even though it is not always possible to attribute modern botanical names to ancient roses based on translations from original Greek and Latin texts, we are almost certain that the following roses existed in Roman times: R. canina, R. gallica, R. x alba R. x centifolia and R. x damascena. In Roman times roses were given as presents and used as confetti at celebrations, for medicinal purposes (rosatum or rose oil), and as a source of perfumed wine.

From the sixteenth century on roses were carefully selected, bred and improved to form new rose varieties, especially in Holland. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries roses enjoyed resurgence in popularity, and many of the rose classics we admire today stem from that period.

New requirements, such as resistance to disease, excellent floral quality, and winter hardiness, lead to the development of modern shrub varieties and other modern roses of the twentieth century.

Different types of Roses (by bloom type)
One of the ways to differentiate and identify roses is by their bloom type. Rose blooms can have different forms, which can be summarized as follows: single bloom, semi-double bloom, double bloom and quartered bloom.


Credit: Lily’s rose Gardens

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