Olympic bouquet roses offered by grower

Chessum Roses is growing 18,000 Olympic roses in Chichester used for the winners' bouquets at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Florist Jane Packer selected Victory Rose Ilios, Victory Rose Aqua, Victory Rose Marie-Claire and Victory Rose Wimbledon, bred by Dutch firm Schreurs.

Greenhouse varieties should stand -1 degsC so they need to be kept under glass in winter. Olympic organisers chose the roses because they could not use cold stores for sustainability reasons.

Mail-order plant seller You Garden, run by Peter McDermott, is selling the roses, grown on its own rootstock. "The varieties were picked specifically because they needed to withstand having no cool chain benefit or be flown in. Because of environmental concerns they had to be as sustainable as possible," said McDermott.

Prices are £19.99 plus £7.99 postage for a four-litre pot or £69.96 for all four plus £7.99 post.

In 2010, Chessum set up a joint venture that saw Landgard UK buying the sales element of Chessum Plants and entering into an exclusivity agreement with Chessum Plants and Paul Chessum Roses to supply their production in the UK.

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