Warm days and cool nights. Those are the perfect conditions for big headed roses. The nostalgic roses of German breeder Rosen Tantau used to grow outside in the open field. But two years ago they came up with several varieties that are specially bred to grow in heated greenhouses. They have a garden type appearance and are merged under the label ‘Country Spirit’.
Klaus Wolf of Rosen Tantau at the IFTF, presenting the Country Spirit roses.
They were all there, in the stand of Rosen Tantau at the IFTF in Vijfhuizen, the Netherlands. A diverse range of eleven beautiful roses, all with the label ‘Country Spirit’: Garden, Girl, Home, House, Lady, Louise, Princess, Queen, Song, Velvet, Wedding. “The pink Girl, the orange Home, the white Wedding and the pink Princess are the most popular varieties”, says Klaus Wolf. “Growing them in substrates, in high-tech greenhouses, gives the grower a better control.”
Clockwise from top left: Girl, Home, Wedding and Princess.
Satisfying open field cultivation
Rosen Tantau is a breeder and propagator who makes a lot of young plants. Their open field rose bushes are exported throughout the whole of Europe. “We grow open field cut roses in Germany on 200 hectares. This very hot summer with over 30 degrees Celsius was great for production. We harvested 3 times instead of 2 times.” The roses were sold at the auction in Herungen. “The outdoor growers are satisfied with the cultivation, but the prices were not satisfying. It would be better when it is raining more often, so consumers are more likely to by flowers.”