Times have changed, nowadays flower arrangers have the creative freedom to stray away from tradition and use many different colours and materials in creating christmas floral pieces for their customers. But reds, whites and greens still remain the most popular colours for the holiday season.
Kenya is known for producing some of the world's finest roses. Florists in Europe, the US, Australia and other parts of the world enjoy the beautiful variations coming from Kenya. Sticking to the good old traditional holiday colors, we highlight some of the best red and white rose varieties from Kenya.
Rhodos is a beautiful premium red rose from breeder, Royal De Ruiter. The rose is grown exclusively by PJ Dave in their high altitude farm located in Timau Kenya. Rhodos has a clean red color and expressive shape. She also has good stemlength and a good headsize.
For many years monte carlo has been loved by traders and florists as one of the best premium roses from Africa. The rose has a large flowerhead, a beautiful velvet colour and long stems. According to Fresco Flowers, monte carlo enjoyed market dominance during this year's Valentines season. She is still a favorite for the end of year festivities. Monte Carlo is from breeder Jan Spek Rozen and is grown in high altitude areas in Kenya.
Alpe d’huez was named after one of the toughest top climbs of the Tour de France. Similar to the white snow covering the vastness of this part of the alps, the rose Alpe d’Huez® boasts an attractive and clean shiny white. Alpe d’Huez® is an almost pure white variety with a large bud and nicely shaped flower that boasts a unique symmetry.
Countdown has a pure white color, strong long stem and has a good headsize. The flower is grown in Kenya by Bemack Farm, that sits at an altitude of 2,500m asl.
Introduced commercially in 2015, Revolution has been very well received in the market. The flower was a choice for many during the Valentines season with her catchy red colour, good stem-length and beautiful classic opening. Revolution recorded very impressive numbers in direct sales through Pigeon Blooms.
Snowstorm by Dummen Orange is a new gorgeous white rose that florists will definitely fall in love with. She has a decent headsize and good stemlength.
Mon Amour is a red Rose with a large attractive bloom. Cited by Fresco flowers as one of the best new reds in the market, the rose is grown in Kenya's high altitude by growers Timaflor and Kisima. With a bud height of 6 cm, Fresco asserts that this will be a great addition to any Christmas or Valentines day arrangement.
During Valentines season this year, the world was introduced to the new Red Naomi from Africa. The rose proves to be of great quality just like her conterpart grown in Europe. Florists who are familiar with Red Naomi love the velvety red color, large flowerhead, subtle scent and long vaselife. Red Naomi is from breeder Schreurs.