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Celebrating over 50 years of Peter Beales Roses
Celebrating over 50 years of Roses
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Yes with the warmer weather the rose seed from our hybridizing programme is germinating quickly and this is always a very thrilling period. Each group of seed created by crossing different rose varieties germinates at varying rates and some will not germinate at all.

Certain roses only produce sterile seed and once a pattern is noticeable those varieties will be withdrawn from the hybridizing programme. Although sometimes it is only a particular cross that is sterile and when these roses are crossed with a different variety the seed can have a great germination rate.

Currently I am also using an old seed bed to stand container roses on and even after 3 years there is still the odd seed germinating! Although these will normally turn out to be weak seedlings that never make a plant. This delayed germination is a survival technique used by most plants so not all their seed is dependent on one year.

You may have noticed my dog Ginny in a photo or 2 recently on Facebook and my Cat Lucy, who was desperate to out shine her during a video we did on pruning, but I also have 14 geese that I regularly talk to and call my lawn movers. Hopefully this is not a sign that I’m going mad!

The Geese are very good at multitasking and while cutting the grass they also keep away unwanted visitors away, as well as enchanting local school children on their way to school. The best thing about them though has to be soft boiled Goose eggs. Provided I find the eggs before Ginny!

Today the gander was standing guard over 2 of his ladies and that means the first goslings of the year.

Rose Seedlings



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Posted in Articles about Roses By Michael Baldwin - Head of Hybridising

Hybridising Roses

 How are new roses created?

New roses are created through hybridisation, which is the art of crossing 2 different roses to produce a completely new variety.

Hybridising is not to be confused with budding, which is a way of cloning an existing rose, much like how growing plants from cuttings is also a way of cloning. To find out more about how to bud roses please click here.

Our goal is always to try to breed the perfect rose. One which is strong and healthy, of a fashionable shape and colour, heavily scented, repeat flowering and has a good growth habit.

It is quite easy to breed a nice rose with a good scent, but it might be prone to disease; or an unusual coloured flower on a weak plant; or even a really healthy rose that never flowers. The art therefore, is not just in the breeding, but about being able to recognise and select that one award winning rose seedling from the thousands of other seedlings that aren’t quite strong enough. For every 50,000 seedlings grown, there could be as few as three seedlings that are of a high enough standard to be launched as a future Peter Beales rose.


How do we breed new roses?

The first job is to select the plants that we wish to cross. These are called parent plants and the breeding team are always assessing varieties and seedlings for their breeding potential. The parent plants are then brought into the controlled environment of a glasshouse during February, to be encouraged to flower earlier. This gives the hips the best possible chance to ripen fully later in the year.

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Posted in Articles about Roses By Michael Baldwin - Head of Hybridising

Metal presents Spiky Black

06/09/2017 16:54

Spiky Black Roses

Spiky Black is a new site-specific audio artwork made for NetPark by artists Alison Carlier and Amanda Loomes.  It responds to the historic Rose Garden in Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea which has been a feature and source of local pride since 1908.

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Posted in Articles about Roses By Ian Limmer - Nursery Manager
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