In search of some roses
August 7, 2007 2:10 PM   Subscribe

I'm interested in starting a few rose plants and I have no idea where I can find out about certain strains that appear to be ghosts on the internet. I've found that there is some people who have genetically engineered a blue rose and I'm interested in acquiring a blue rose plant engineered or not and I don't want to just dye white roses blue. Any information about roses that look like the ones from the film "V for Vendetta" is also appreciated.

Getting started on a rose garden and I'm looking for tips n such. I have a special interest in the rose that was featured in the movie "V for vendetta" in the movie they called it the Crimson Carson. My research says the only flower that exists that has a similar name is the Violet Carson also an actor which i have no interest in. If anyone knows about blue roses and where I could get seeds or clones of these plants it would be greatly appreciated.

There has been mention in my travels across the internet to find this blue rose about a strain called "rose of the Nile".
posted by Chamunks to Home & Garden (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Did you find this page?
They sell the Blue Nile rose.
But it sounds like a commercially available "true blue" rose is a few years off.
The "Scarlett Carson" doesn't exist.
posted by Floydd at 2:24 PM on August 7, 2007

Response by poster: Right i meant to say "scarlett carson" oops :P

Rather sad that the trublue is a bit off but who knows what some more answers may bring.

does anyone know of a rose that looks similar to that rose in the movie or am i just chasing ghosts?
posted by Chamunks at 2:46 PM on August 7, 2007

For those who know more about roses than movies you might describe the movie rose.
posted by rhizome at 2:57 PM on August 7, 2007

Response by poster: true one min ill link one a screen shot i suppose
posted by Chamunks at 4:15 PM on August 7, 2007

Best answer: The lighting in the screen shot is so dark it is hard to tell what the true color of the Scarlett Carson is, but if you are looking for a dark red hybrid tea rose (like the long-stem in the picture), the easiest to find will probably be Mr. Lincoln. Most garden stores which carry roses will probably have Mr. Lincoln.

Some of the color depends on growing conditions, so you may have to try a couple varieties. Others that I haven't personally grown but which are also dark red:

Papa Meilland
Black Baccara
Black Beauty
Black Magic
Black Velvet

Roses are sold as plants, not seeds. You may buy them in 1-5 gallon pots, or as bare-root roses (severely pruned and roots packed in sawdust in a plastic bag). Bare-roots are more difficult to get started since they've been severely cut back (roots and branches), but are generally much cheaper than potted roses, especially if you are buying a number to get a garden started.

Here's a rose gardening link I found on google, but there is lots of information out there.
posted by sLevi at 4:57 PM on August 7, 2007

Very often in the horticultural trade, the word "blue" is annoyingly used to describe flowers ranging from lavender to deep purple. Very rarely are there actually true blue flowers; some true blues occur in Salvias, lobelias, and delphineums, but not roses. However, you'll find a number that are called "blue"- "Blue Girl" is an older hybrid that is a pale greyed lavender, and in my garden I have a rose called "Midnight Blue" which is a dark violet. It's certainly frustrating, because none of them are blue at all. Geneticists are working on an interspecies cross (with petunias, IIRC), but so far, they haven't been successful in producing a blue rose.
posted by oneirodynia at 5:33 PM on August 7, 2007

Response by poster: that last answer highlighted some of my frustrations and we both probably did about the same research on the geneticists
posted by Chamunks at 9:22 PM on August 7, 2007

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