Belief in the power of numbers goes back to ancient history and has bred a number of superstitions – just think of the number 13 and its association with bad luck.
Surprisingly, there are some who attach a meaning – usually connected to love – to the numbers of roses in a bouquet.
Being given just one rose is meant to be a sign of love at first sight while two signifies mutual love and attraction.
You might give three roses to mark the third month of your romance and four to tell your beloved that nothing can break you apart.
Giving six roses is a way of telling someone that you want to be theirs, while nine signals eternity.
While 13 of anything is often taken to be a negative, not in a bouquet of roses, where it may mean either friends forever or that you have a secret admirer.
The higher numbers also have meanings with 20 supposedly signifying sincerity and 21 signifying dedication.
Giving 50 roses is either a signal of someone with money to burn, or more romantically unconditional love, and in general, the greater the number the more extravagant the feeling it is meant to express.
But indulging in this numbers game could get expensive and actually, there is a simple way to express your love for someone special in a way that will last – and that is simply to gift them a bare root or container rose, which you can order from our website, depending on the time of year.
Do this and you will never have to worry about the hidden meanings in the numbers of roses you have given in a bouquet!
Cultivation tips for May
With the lock-down of nurseries there has been an increase in containerised roses being purchased online. It is a great time to plant containerised roses, which, subject to stock, can be purchased throughout summer. If you are not ready to plant keep well-watered!
Make sure you water the container before tapping the plant out so that you do not disturb the root system. No extra fertilizer is needed at this stage. Do however keep well-watered, and also water any bare rooted roses planted from November to April for this their first season.
With time on everyone’s hands many are examining bare root roses planted last bare root planting season, which was completed around the end of March. Some people are worried that plants have died, but most will only just be getting into full growth after pruning, so do be patient. If you have concerns the first thing to do is cut a small amount off the growth to make sure that the inside is pithy and not brown and brittle. If brown and brittle then seek advice.
Don’t forget a preventative spraying programme with a fungicide and when necessary an insecticide. It is easier to prevent diseases than cure!