Green Rose: How to Grow, Varieties, History

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Green rose is one of the most beautiful and eldest rose that exists up to today. It exists from 1943 and it is said to be one of the first roses that ever existed. Pablo Picasso once said: “You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses”.

Below we will give you tips on how you can grow and take care of a green rose. It is an amazing rose and you should definitely have it in your garden. In this way, your family and friends will admire the first rose that ever existed.

Green Rose History

The green rose made its appearance in the 18th century. There is a big possibility that its origin is from China. It is evident in some old Chinese paintings that exist up to now. It used to be the rose that only the Emperors had and no one else was allowed to grow it anywhere else.

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In 1856 the first country that offered the green rose for sale was the United Kingdom. This beautiful plant is asexual. This means that it can’t pollen or even set hips. You can’t hybridize it because it has no pollen. That is what makes it unique and one of its kind. It is also known by the name of Rosa Chinensis Virdifora.

If you choose to grow it place it in a spectacular spot in your garden so that everyone could see it and admire it. The Green-rose shows us how the first roses were like before they started to have the shape and colors that the roses have today.

What Does The Green Rose Look Like?

The green rose doesn’t have petals like the roses that we all know. It has sepals which protect and support the bud when it is about to bloom. If you want to grow your own Green-Rose you will need to take cuttings from another plant that you have and create a mutant one.

It doesn’t have a particular smell. The only fragrance that it produces would be a peppery one which is quite nice too. If you decide to plant it (which you should), you should know that it grows best in the USDA zones from 5 to 10. You should always make sure that during the winter it will have extra mulch.

This amazing plant loves the sunlight and is drought resistant. Let’s see how you will be able to grow it in your garden and what you will need to do in order o have a healthy and beautiful rose that existed in the past and continues to exist up to now. Also, there are different varieties that have been created, let’s have a look at them first.

Green Rose Varieties

You can find different varieties these days. These roses have been mutated through the years and have taken this form. Some of them are the Green Ice, the Greensleeves and the Green Diamond. Let’s have a quick look at their characteristics.

The Green ice rose has a green hue. It has amazing green foliage and it looks wonderful and you can plant it in your garden too. What makes it unique is that fact that it is a miniature rose. You can keep it in pots too if you like.

Its fragrance is mild and it has 25 petals. You can plant it from mid-spring to mid-fall. It will definitely need plenty of sunlight in order to grow. The soil that you will plant this variety should be moist. The soil itself should be sandy and you should make sure that the soil has excellent drainage.

The Greensleeves rose has beautiful and thick foliage too. Its height can be up to 75cm. It produces medium blossoms and the only drawback is that it doesn’t have a particular scent. What makes this variety unique is the fact that the double pink blooms turn to green color.

This rose creates clusters and they have an unusual arrangement. It will grow best during spring, summer, and fall. You will need to prune it when you notice that the leaves are beginning to change their color. In this way, you will protect the plant itself.

The green diamond rose is a variety that its height can be from 30 to 45cm. This variety needs partial shade in order to grow. This variety has no fragrance too. You can find them either single-petalled or double-petalled.

If you want to plant it, the soil should be moist and sandy. The pH of it should be from 5.5 to 7.5 in order to grow properly. It needs plenty of sunlight in order to grow and you should take good care of it because it is prone to pests and diseases.

How to Grow Green Rose

The green rose can reach up to 3 feet. Basically, if you have planted in your garden roses the process that it needs is exactly the same one that you used for the roses. First of all, you will need to pick a beautiful spot in your garden. This will be the place that you’ll plant your rose.

The rose bush will definitely need 2 feet of empty space in order for the roots to grow and for the air circulation to pass. You will also need to clear the spot from unwanted weeds, rocks, and grass that might be there. Then you should dig a hole that will be 6 inches wider and deep enough.

In this way, it will have plenty of space. When you will plant your green rose bush do it 1 inch deeper compared to the original planter that you got it. When you will create the hole you should till the wall by using a garden claw.

Additionally, you should have prepared a mix of a ½ cup of bone meal with loosened soil. When you will remove the rose bush from the planter have a look at the roots. If they are loose then you can plant it. If the roots aren’t loose then you will have to place the whole plant in a bucket of water in order to be loosened.

Once the roots are loose then you should place it carefully in the hole and cover the roots with garden soil. When you finish with this, water the plant enough, the moisture should be at least 12 inches.

Mulch is next. When you’re done watering the green rose, add mulch around the bush. Mulch can maintain the moisture and keep the soil and the plant moist. Fertilization should start with the first blooms. Don’t overdo it with the fertilization. Read the instructions carefully.

If you see aphids in your lovely roses then you could add ladybugs that will destroy the aphids or use neem oil. You will have to prune it when you’ll see dark branches or dead leaves. The best season to do it would be early spring. It’s not difficult at all to grow this rose if you’ll follow our tips.

How to Make your Own Artificial Green Rose

Green roses are sometimes difficult to find and plant. You can create your own rose by following these simple steps. You will have to choose white roses; you can buy or cut from your garden. You can use more than one. These roses should have at least 3 to 4 inches stem.

You will need to have green food coloring, a glass of water and a sharp knife. Take the glass of water and add a few drops of green food coloring. It should be deep green. Stir well; the shade of color is entirely up to you. You can choose a lighter green or a deep green.

What you need to do next is to cut an inch above the end part that the stem has. The cut that you will make should be diagonal. Don’t cut too much, just an inch. Then place the stems in the glass of water and try to keep them straight.

You have to wait for 24 to 48 hours for the green roses to be ready. Remember not to keep them in direct sunlight and to cut the unwanted stem. Your artificial green roses are ready!


Green rose is one of the most beautiful and first roses that ever existed. It shows us how the first roses actually were. Having it in your garden should be a big honor and it should be the jewel that everyone will look at. Choose the best spot in your garden and plant it there.

Growing and planting your green rose is exactly the same as the roses that you have planted or you might have planted in your garden before. The process is exactly the same. You can follow our tips in order to have the best results if you haven’t done it before.

Don’t forget that even if you haven’t planted a green rose you can create your own artificial one. You can use them if you want to offer them to friends, family and your loved ones until the real green roses are ready! Have fun!