Roses may be the most popular flower in the world, long coveted for their beauty and sweet fragrance. Roses are certainly one of the most popular gifts at Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. In fact, sales of roses on Valentine’s Day exceeded $18.2 billion in 2017, with 250 million roses produced for the holiday. Throughout history, roses have developed a language all their own. Each color has a meaning that can symbolize love, friendship, caring, devotion, remembrance, and purity. Roses are even used as ingredients in beauty products and perfumes.
ECUADOR IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST SUPPLIERS OF ROSES
Ecuador is actually the world’s third largest cut flower exporter in the world, and nearly three-fourths of the blooms shipped are roses. Amazing when you consider the country encompasses only about 1% of the earth’s surface and is roughly the size of Colorado. Despite the relatively small size of the country, Ecuadorian roses are gaining popularity. With bright colors and fragrant scents, the rose industry provides jobs for thousands of local Ecuadorians and spreads beauty and love throughout the world.
ECUADOR’S STATUS AS A TOP PRODUCER OF ROSES IS RELATIVE NEW
The floriculture industry only began in the 1990s, with U.S. laws designed to promote flower growing in South America. By 2013, the industry had become well-established in Ecuador and neighboring Colombia. Today, Ecuadorian roses are prized for their size, longevity, and amazing varieties of colors.
HOW HAVE ECUADORIAN ROSES BECOME THE BEST IN THE WORLD?
1. ECUADORIAN ROSES ARE MORE APPEALING BECAUSE OF THEIR SIZE
Unlike roses grown in Holland, Colombia or Africa, roses from Ecuador have larger buds and blooms. They also have longer, thicker stems than other types of roses. In fact, Ecuadorian rose stems can grow to be over five feet tall. This is mostly due to the geography and climate conditions in the region where roses are cultivated.
2. ECUADORIAN ROSES FROM SENSE ECUADOR LAST LONGER
Roses are beautiful and they smell wonderful, but they don’t always last very long. Soon, the blooms fade and fall off. That’s not the case with Ecuadorian roses from Sense Ecuador. At Sense Ecuador we have a shorter distribution process since we deliver our Ecuadorian Roses straight from our growers to you.
3. ECUADORIAN ROSES BENEFITS FROM UNIQUE GROWING CONDITIONS
Ecuador offers some of the most unique growing conditions in the world for roses. There are two factors that contribute to larger, longer-lasting flowers. The first is simple geography. Because Ecuador is an equatorial country, flowers receive more hours of daylight than anywhere else in the world. The second factor is that roses in Ecuador are grown at high altitudes. Most of the roses in the country are grown in the Pichincha province in the Andes Mountains, at an elevation between 2,800 and 3,000 meters above sea level. The higher elevation means that roses take longer to develop, due to the high altitude. This unique condition gives the plant longer time to grow their stems, making them the most beautiful long stemmed roses in the world.
4. ECUADORIAN ROSES COME IN A WIDE VARIETY OF COLORS
Another feature that’s increased interest in Ecuadorian roses is the wide variety of colors and color combinations. There are more than 500 different types of roses in Ecuador in colors like pink, red, white, lavender, and yellow. There are also many roses that have mixed colored hues, making them even more appealing. Once again, Ecuador’s unique geography and growing conditions result in this rich variety of colors. The longer growth cycle mentioned earlier is one factor. The higher elevation also means colder nights, which results in bicolor blossoms, or roses with contrasting hues along the edges and inside the petals. The conditions, elevation, cool nights, and longer growth cycle have all resulted in an exciting plethora of astounding colors.
The higher elevation also means colder nights, which results in bicolor blossoms, or roses with contrasting hues along the edges and inside the petals.
Ecuadorian roses are beautifully large, come in a rainbow of colors, have a long vase life, and are an asset to their ecosystem as they provide pollen and nectar to animals like bees and butterflies. It’s no wonder that these roses have become so popular throughout the world.
At Sense Ecuador, we have a variety of Ecuadorian roses for you to choose from, like our classic red roses, fresh white roses, and varieties like Cherry Snow, a rose that mixes red and white hues. Whether it’s a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary, or just to show that you care, our roses make a great gift and brighten any room with their cheerful appearance. Find out more on our website and place your order today!