Hybridization: Tea Roses, Purple Roses, and More

If it weren’t for hybridization modern roses would look much different. Every rose, the purple roses, orange roses, and even red roses that you see in bouquets and arrangements at the florists are all results of hybridization. What many view as “regular roses” are actually hybrid tea roses which were originally the result of cross-pollinating hybrid perpetual roses and tea roses.

The first hybrid tea rose was the result of natural cross-pollination and was discovered in a garden patch in 1867 by Jean-Baptiste Guillot who named it “La France.” Although the parents were actually unknown, it was derived that one was “Mme Victor Verdier,” a hybrid perpetual rose while the other was “Mme” Bravy, a tea rose.

Hybrid tea roses are still wildly popular and can be given as happy birthday roses, Valentine’s Day roses, and much more. Hybrid tea roses have five or seven petals which resemble a tea cup in shape. Although red, pink, yellow, and white are the most common colors, you can find purple roses, orange roses and much more in the hybrid tea variety.

Spring In The Air brings top notch flowers fresh from our Colombian farms to your door or to the homes of your loved ones. Next time you order roses for someone you care about, maybe you can talk to them about the history of the hybrid tea rose and impress them with your knowledge of the subject. One way to get more enjoyment out of your arrangements is by learning more about the fascinating history of roses.

Bear in mind that rose color meanings vary greatly and before giving the gift of roses you will want to know the difference. Giving a coworker a dozen red roses when you mean to say congratulations or thank you could definitely be misinterpreted since red roses are traditionally symbolic of passion and true love. Be sure to look at our post concerning the meaning of all different roses if you are unsure what message you are actually sending with the bouquet you are about to order.

Spring In The Air is proud to offer you access to world class roses all year long. Take a look at our enormous selection of hand-made arrangements that are perfect for any occasion. If you are having trouble deciding on a bouquet, check out or most popular section or our seasonal selection which is filled with arrangements specifically designed for this time of year and only available for a limited time.