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Jan 24 • 2013 • BloomBudsBushesColdGrowingMarketRose NewsThornWarmerroses


Mumbai, Jan. 18:

A warmer winter this year has turned out to be a thorn in the flesh for rose growing farmers. In Pune and across Bangalore, the winter temperature has increased by 4 degree Celsius. Both these centres are major areas for rose cultivation. The higher than normal temperature has resulted in an earlier bloom of roses. This, in turn, has advanced the arrival of the roses in the market. Planters project that at least 25 per cent of the blooms are set to arrive in the market much ahead of Valentine’s Day this year. The ongoing concern of floriculturists is that the sharp rise in temperature could lead to damage and consequent rejection of export consignments. In the domestic market, most planters are expecting a glut that would result in prices plunging. Roses fetch the maximum value during the week preceding Valentine’s Day, with prices rising as high as Rs 10 a stem in the wholesale market compared with Rs 2-4 on an average day. For the fiscal 2011-12, India exported about Rs 320 crore worth of flowers, half of which were roses. Usually, roses take around 45-50 days to grow. Farmers generally begin pruning the rose bushes by the first week of December. This tends to yield a good crop by January 26. Between January 26 and February 14, roses are stored in cold rooms, and then shipped to Amsterdam ready for the auctions, to be finally shipped across the retail markets in Europe. This year, farmers’ fear that the buds are bound to be ready to harvest by January 21, five days ahead of schedule. “These roses would not be accepted by exporters, because they would be too early for dispatch to Europe for Valentine’s Day buyers. Farmers would be forced to sell it in the domestic market, putting pressure on prices,” said Milind Manerikar, Chief Executive Officer of Sankalp Farms, a major rose grower near Pune. He said that if the rose buds do get exported, they are bound to suffer damage due to the early blooming. This, Manerikar says, could result in disputes between the buyers and the sellers. Bangalore-based rose farmer Shreekant Shivappa said that such temperature rises prove to be a double whammy for farmers. “On the one hand, prices of all agriculture inputs are increasing and on the other, the farmers’ margins are shrinking. Rose farming is increasing becoming an unviable business,” he said. Agriculture expert Jagadeesh Sunkad said that such unusual weather is a result of climate change. “Not just roses, even other cash crops such as rubber and tea are bound to be affected given the undue stress. It is time we send an SOS to the government,” he said.

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Jan 15 • 2012 • Cold.GardeningEarlyJanuaryMildRose NewsSummerWinter




Despite the cold snap curious gardening fans are flocking to see SUMMER blooms in January thanks to the mild winter. A winter micro-climate "heat bubble" on the banks of River Dee has triggered roses into re-flowering to produce a blush of flowers. Experts at the University of Liverpool say the phenomenon of roses in bloom alongside snowdrops is completely unprecedented at its Ness Botanic Gardens in Cheshire. Ness on the Wirral is renowned for its mild "micro-climate" thanks to its position on the banks of the River Dee and in the lea of Snowdonia. But experts at Ness say the phenomenon of early-flowering roses is being reported by gardeners all along the west coast. Ness Gardens Head Gardener Paul Cook has been amazed at the early appearance of the spring flowers but is "astounded" at the sight of summer roses in January. Paul said: "We've had an incredible amount of snowdrops already but the gardens are so full of unseasonal blooms - including roses. It is quite unprecedented. "Camillas and daphnes are out early and the snowdrops are putting on a magnificent early display. "It's been mild through the autumn and so far this winter we have not had a frost. "But roses are summer flowers that we don't normally see in bloom until May or June "The fact is that some varieties have never really stopped flowering in 2011, but have now as the days lengthen they are really come back to life and putting out new blooms. "It's amazing." Cheshire's Gardens of Distinction, across the county, are holding snowdrop events and walks throughout January, February and March. * Gardening guru Bob Flowerdew proclaimed 2011 "The Year of Two Springs". Last autumn an unprecedented second crop of flowers and shrubs, like rhododendrons and ornamental quince, blossomed in many of the country's gardens. Even "spring bedding" perenials like ariculas and primula denticulata were reported to have put on a second bloom in the autumn.

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