A symbol of love and beauty, the rose is the most popular garden shrub and probably the most widely traded as well. Other than its value for florists, the rose is widely sought by the perfume industry for its fragrant extracts that sweetens the scent of millions of bodies all over the world.
It is no wonder then, that the rose industry has enormously grown through the years that it can probably take some of the blame for the decline in farmlands devoted to food production. This is most especially true for countries that are not self sufficient in terms of domestic food production. Despite that, the rose is far too important to people that until now; hardly a word has been uttered along those lines.
Because of the rose’s value to most people, elaborate methods are undertaken to insure that it will grow without a hint of imperfection. Roses are valued based on its look and fragrance that a decrease in any of the two greatly depreciates its value. Roses are individually inspected daily making sure that no insect or fungi ever touch it. To elaborate a bit, here are three kinds of rose diseases- the rose dust (the most serious), rose black spot and the powdery mildew. All three are best addressed through preventive sprays rather than medicinal methods after infection had become visible. It is because infections cannot be reversed and can only be minimized through fumigation and pruning. All in all, I would say people grow flowers, roses in particular, with care more than the amount devoted to food production. Justified or not, those are the facts.