Earth-Kind Roses: What’s in a Name?

SAN ANGELO — From Greek mythology to Shakespearean sonnets, roses have enchanted humankind and been featured prominently in literature for thousands of years. It’s no surprise that roses rank among the most popular of flowers year-round, although there is always a surge in demand come February.

According to the Society of American Florists, 250 million roses will be given this Valentine’s Day. If you like the idea of giving this traditional flower for Valentine’s Day, but want something that lasts longer than a bouquet, consider gifting your beloved an Earth-Kind rose to plant instead, said Allison Watkins, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulture agent for Tom Green County.

“People often think of February as a time to prune the roses they already have,” said Watkins, “but now is also a time when you can plant container-grown roses.”

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