Roses – A rose is a woody perennial of the genus Rosa, within the family Rosaceae. There are over 100 species. They form a group of plants that can be erect shrubs, climbing or trailing with stems that are often armed with sharp thorns. Flowers vary in size and shape and are usually large and showy, in colors ranging from white through yellows and reds. Rose plants range in size from compact, miniature roses, to climbers that can reach 7 meters in height.
When growing roses indoors the care is similar to that of caring for the larger, outdoor variety – pruning, watering, feeding and for those people who don’t like gardening so much, it’s still very minimal care.
Container – Be sure to buy a container that will allow your rose to breathe a bit. Allow at least 4 inches all around the root ball, including the bottom.
Soil – There are special soils sold specifically for roses – you can find it at any plant store or Home Depot. Fertilizers are the same – there are special ones for roses. You use very little fertilizer; it lasts a long time. Should you have a problem with mites there are fertilizers that also contain mite and fungus controls.
Watering – Roses need a location with good humidity. Place the potted plants on a bed of pebbles. A waterproof tray about 2 inches deep with 1 inch of gravel in the tray, keeping the water level just below the top of the gravel at all times will provide some of that humidity. Misting flowers with hand sprayer will help too. Water roses from the top whenever their container appears dry.
Light Requirements – Roses need a space that offers maximum light – near a window, preferably south facing – and adequate humidity. Give them this and your chances of having wonderful indoor flowers is tremendous.
Lore – Greek myths accentuate the symbolic nature of the rose. The most famous surround Aphrodite (Venus) as Goddess of love. It is said that she sprang forth into life from the foam of the sea, and where the foam fell to the ground white roses grew. This and later myths about Aphrodite display the dual nature of love: purity and innocence represented by white roses; desire and sexual gratification by red ones. In one story she runs to help her wounded lover Adonis and catches her flesh on the thorns of the white rose bush. Her blood falling on the bush turns the roses red, symbolizing the way innocence and purity change to fecundity and motherhood when blood is shed through menstruation and parturition. Eros, son of Aphrodite and God of sexual desire, is frequently depicted wearing a wreath of roses.
The oldest meaning of the word “rosary” was a rose-garden (rosarium), the enclosed rose-garden of Marianism. Later it came to refer to the strings of beads, made of dried rose hips or carved from rose-wood, that monks used for counting their prayers, originally paternosters but Hail Marys by the 12th century. Gradually the enclosed rose-garden dedicated to Mary and used for spiritual contemplation became a garden associated more with the courtly ideas of chivalric love and, later still, a garden where earthly lovers could meet. The religious symbolism of the rose became increasingly secularized. It became a symbol of human love and also of kingly power. In England the white rose was associated with the House of York and the red rose with the House of Lancaster. When the Wars of the Roses ended in 1485 the heraldic badge of the Tudor rose, which Henry VII incorporated to symbolize the merging of the two dynastic families, was a small white rose upon a red one. It is still the badge of the royal house of England.
Astrologically, the rose is Venus as the morning star; the myrtle represents Venus in the evening. Both the rose and myrtle are sacred to Aphrodite.
The ancients burned roses for luck. Rose of Crucifixion oil is variously used by modern spirit cults. A crown of roses is worn by the practitioner in all operations of Venus. The rose is also related to Hulda, Hathor and Demeter, and to Aurora, Goddess of the dawn.
The Rose is known as the herb of love. Add Rose bud petals to bath water to conjure up a lover.
Put red Rose petals in a red velvet bag and pin this under your clothes to attract love
You can wear Rosehips as beads to bring love to you.
Rose oil and Rose incense are both used in love spells.
If you wash your hands with Rose water before mixing love potions, the potions will be stronger.
Red – I love you
White – I love you not
Yellow – I love another
Moss – I admire you from afar
Pink – My love for you is innocent
Orange – I love you vigorously
Amethyst – I will love you forever
Wild -I love you because you are fair and innocent