Creating a new variety is a mixture of knowledge, experience, patience and luck.
Imagine a gigantic kindergarten attended by 2000 children. Among them there may be children of exceptional talent which might show in the future and our task is to find them. On such an early stage of life it is a difficult task, isn't it? Before we get there, however, let us have a look at all the steps we must take in order to create a new variety.
From among the existing, fascinating roses which enchant us with the shape of their flower, their elegance and smell we can try to choose those that will in future become the parents for our new variety. After choosing the “mother” and the “father” and after overcoming the initial difficulties (not all varieties mix and not all give fruit) our imagination may start providing us with images of a perfect rose. Creating such a rose would be simple if not for the fact that parents' stems are full of juices of dozens of different varieties and trying to get the offspring we want is like a lottery. But we can succeed given, as I mentioned earlier, enough time and luck.
After pollinating the fruit called hypanthium the seeds start to mature. In the autumn we can collect them and continue the mature process through stratification. Stratification means keeping the seeds in low temperature, which allows the seeds to mature. This process is necessary for the plant to sprout and it may be the reason why roses did not cross the natural boundary of the equator area and it is possible the if it hadn't been for human intervention we wouldn't have them in the southern hemisphere.
The first seedlings start appearing by the end of February. Noble varieties are capricious and grow irregularly over a few months or they may even grow in the following years. The percent of growths is also pretty low, it's usually no more than If we are lucky enough, our rose may get to the “kindergarten” in May and bloom there for the first time. It happens quite often, though, that you have to wait for years until an unknown little rose reveals its secret and those long hours of the gardener's work finally bears some fruit.
The worth of a bush is decided by not only its flower but also its habit, its thickness, longevity and its resistance. A good bush should enchant us with its beauty before and after blooming.
Our sensitivity allows us to spot the grandness of nature in red fruit and attractive thorns. Hybrid musk roses, multifloras or wild varieties get their “second life” inn the autumn and can please the eye with their shades of red.