This ultimate guide on rose farming will help you to get complete details on climate, soil, fertilizers, irrigation, propagation, etc. Learning about these important factors will help you to decide and perform better practices to increase rose crop yield.
Rose is one of the most popular flowering plant in floriculture industry. And only by practicing cultivation of rose in 1 acre of land you can earn up to 70,000 Indian rupees or around $ 1000. But you can achieve this by following good farm practices.
And in this article I am going to tell you everything that can make you a successful rose farmer. So keep reading till the end and do not miss any of these points.
Introduction Of Rose
Rose is a perennial woody flowering plant and there are over 30,000 rose cultivars in the market. Cultivars can be various sizes and shape with flower colour mainly ranging from red, yellow to white. Depending on cultivars they can be miniature roses to climbers that can grow up to 7 metres tall.
Because of their extraordinary fragrance, beauty and medicinal uses roses are cultivated as cut flower crops. Industrialist use rose for preparation of various products such as essential oils, flavouring agents, tea, Gulkand, rose syrup, jam etc. Hence there is always a high demand for roses in the market.
Origin Of Rose
Researchers believes that rose originated in Central Asia. According to fossil evidence it is clear that roses are 35 Million years old. Hence they originated even before the evolution of humans.
Area & Production
According to the data, Netherlands is the largest exporter of rose in the world. It accounts for about 60% of the rose export in the international market.
Rose Farming Guide
Rose crop loves to grow on well drained, fertile loamy soil that have good moisture holding capacity. Agriculturist have reported that rose grow better in soils having pH range of 6 to 6.5.
Soil with pH level more than 7.5 is not suitable for farming of rose. As rose crop will be unable to uptake phosphorus, manganese, and iron in soil with higher pH than 7.5.
Climate & Temperature
Cultivating rose crop at higher elevation, i.e. 1500 metres and above is beneficial. However you can also cultivate rose in plains where the climate is relatively cool. Temperature and light have a great impact on growth and development of rose crop.
The ideal temperature range for roses is between 15 to 25o Celsius. If the daylength is less than 12 hours then it can slow down the growth of rose crop. Hence daylength of 12 hours or above is suitable for cultivation of roses. But less than that can slow down the growth.
Moreover avoid cultivating rose where there is high relative humidity. Because of high relative humidity your rose crop can become prone to fungal diseases.
Agriculturist mainly divides roses into three main categories:
- Wild Roses: They are also called species roses that have five petals flower and can be available in various colour. They branch rapidly and even keep flowering during early winters. Example: Rosa rugosae, Rosa woodsii, Rosa virginiana, etc.
- Old Garden Roses: These roses are easy to grow and are disease resistant. Old garden roses have alluring scent and beauty and they can also survive winters easily. Example: Moss Rose, Noisette, Centifolia, etc.
- Modern Garden Roses: They are generally hybrid roses. They are prepared by cross breeding of hybrid tea rose and primrose. Example: Hybrid Tea Roses, Floribunda Roses, Centifolia Roses, etc.
Commercial crop roses are mainly of 4 types:
- Floribunda Rose: These roses have shorter branches and small sized flowers. But yield of floribunda roses is generally higher than other type of roses. They are result of cross between Hybrid tea and Polyanthus roses.
- Hybrid Tea Rose: Generally branches of hybrid rose are longer and flowers are big. If you want to get higher yield they hybrid tea roses can be a good choice.
- Grandiflora Rose: These type of rose are developed from cross between hybrid tea and floribunda roses. Flower size of grandiflora rose is larger than floribunda roses.
- Polyanthus Rose: This group of rose is famous for producing clusters of small flowers. They are excellent rose for edging, pots, and bedding.
You can propagate rose by seeds, vegetative methods like budding, grafting, layering and cutting, or micro-propagation.
Breeders generally adopt this method to develop new cultivars or hybrids. However, do not prefer this method for commercial propagation of roses as seed setting is poor in roses. Rose seed needs stratification for germination.
From Budding & Grafting
Budding is the most popular method of propagation. Generally Shield or T-budding is used to propagate rose from budding. Budding is generally practiced 5 to 7 centimetres above the ground under ideal temperature range of 10 to 25o Celsius.
READ MORE: HOW TO GROW ROSE FROM CUTTINGS
Ploughing the soil is necessary to bring the soil to a fine tilth. Practice ploughing and hoeing operation 4 to 5 times to make the soil ready for plantation.
Prepare raised beds of dimensions 30 centimetres height and 100 centimetres length. Keep the width of path around 30 to 40 centimetres. Row planting with spacing of 30×15 centimetres is preferred.
Keep the field exposed under sunrays for at least 15 days before plantation of roses.
For plantation of rose, prepare pits of adequate sizes of 45 to 60 centimetres depth. Add 2 tonnes of well decomposed Farm Yard Manure, Bone meal, Leaf Manure, 25 Kilograms of Urea, and 2 Kilograms of superphosphate in these pits after mixing them.
In one acre of land you can plant up to 7000 rose plants. You can plant one year old budded rose plants in July to August. Practice planting of rose during evening time for best results.
Irrigate immediately after plantation of roses. Keep irrigating daily till the establishment of rose crop. Once they get established then you can irrigate once in a week during summer season. However during winters depending on moisture of soil you can irrigate once in every two weeks.
Rose plants require approximately 1 litre of water per plant.
Drip irrigation is the most preferred method of irrigation for cultivation rose. Install a single drip line between two row plants for irrigating rose crop.
Do not adopt sprinkler irrigation for raising rose crop as it can cause fungal infections in rose plants. But during hot summers you can use sprinklers to decrease the temperature under controlled conditions.
If you are using drip irrigation system then you can adopt fertigation for adequate application of fertilizers. However I will suggest to get your soil tested for knowing accurate dozes of fertilizers required for your rose farm.
Once after every 3 months apply 10 Kilograms of Farm Yard Manure and NPK in the ratio of 8:8:16 for each rose plant. Along with this you can also add jeevamrut to increase growth of the plant.
Pest & Diseases Of Rose
Rose crop can get affected from various pests and diseases that can reduce flower quality and plant growth. Controlling them well in time is a necessary step. These tables given below will guide you in controlling pest and diseases of rose plant.
Rose Plant Disease and Control
|Die Back||Remove infected portion, apply Bordeaux paste on cut ends and spray Copper oxychloride (3 grams per litre of water).|
|Black Spot||Spray Carbendazim (1 gram per litre of water) at fortnightly intervals.|
|Powdery Mildew||Remove infected portion and practice dusting with 80% Sulphur.|
|Stem Blight||Regular spray with Captaf @ 2000ppm.|
|Rust||Spray with Zineb @ 2000ppm at 15 days interval.|
|Alternaria Leaf Spot||Spray Captaf or Zineb @ 2000ppm at 7 days interval.|
|Rose Wilt||Control Aphids that transmit the disease.|
Pest of Rose and Control
|Aphids||Spray 0.1% Malathion|
|Thrips||Spray 0.1% Rogor|
|Red Scale||Spray 0.25% Parathion|
|Chafer Beetles||Spray Monocrotophos (1m in 1 litre water)|
Harvest the shoots at the tight bud stage when one or two petals start unfolding. Bent-neck can occur if you harvest roses too early. Start harvesting only during peak demand in the market to avoid post harvest losses.
Stage of harvest can vary depending on variety, market distance and customer satisfaction. Practice harvesting during early morning when temperature remains relatively cooler.
Yield of rose vary among cultivars. Hybrid tea roses can yield about 80 stems per plant per year, while Floribundas can yield around 90 stems per plant per year.