22 The Daily News. Friday. February 21996 Environment
Let roses declare your love
with sweet embracing beauty
Love is the most powerful force
in the universe. From a child, we
reach out for someone to love us
and for someone for we to love
God Himself recognized the
important of a human companion
for man when He created him.
And the Lrd God said, "It is not
good that the man should be alone:
I will make him an help fit for
him." Genesis 2:18.
According to the Bible, God cre-
ated two of every species after its
kind in the new earth environment.
But for man, there was no other
species like himself to love. Man
was physically and emotionally dis-
connected from the touch of another
human being like himself.
Thus, God created a help mate
for Adam. With joy Adam said,
"Tis is now bone of my bones and
flesh of my flesh, she shall be
called Woman, because she was
taken out of Man." Genesis 2:23.
So without love, we lose the will
to live mentally, physically, and
even fatal illnesses or death can be
When we love and be loved by
someone else, we glow naturally
with the radiance that affect us
mentally, emotionally, physically,
socially and spiritually.
Adam first love was in the gar-
den of Eden. And today, there is no
difference for the environment pro-
vides the perfect place for
romances. Sunset. seashore walks
-all of this and more provides a
Thus, nature reminds us of our
deep connection with all living
things. Roses bring out the best in
us especially at Valentine's. In
ancient Egypt, dried roses were
placed in Egyptian tombs. This was
an indication that death do not sepa-
rate love even in the spiritual world.
Roses are one of the most popu.
lar garden flowers. The genus Rosa
includes more than 200 species. and
so many hybrids that mind boggles.
Roses grow best where they have
full sunshine all day. They will
grow, satisfactorily, however, if
they have at least six hours of sun.
provided they ar morning hours.
If the plants are shaded in the
morning, their leaves remain wet
with a dew a few hours longer than
if they are in morning sun. Also,
moisture will build up on leaves
which will cause leaf diseases.
Roses should not be planted too
close to buildings, where air does
not circulate freely. This will cause
Any good garden soil will pro-
duce good roses. However, your
soil should be well-drained. Roses
need plenty of water especially dur-
ing dry season. Watering done in
the morning of a sunny day will be
less likely to cause leaf disease than
if the water was done in the
evening. Organic materials such as
lawn clippings can be added to keep
moisture in the soil.
Pruning also improves the
appearance of plant by removing
dead wood or branches. When you
cut a rose from the plant, you sever
it from its life-support system. As
soon as the cut is made, the rose is
A rose's natural support system
consists of nutrients, sugar, cool
temperature anti-aging compounds
and, most importantly an ample
supply of water to carry the soluble
ingredients through the stem.
That is why it is most important
that you supply the cut rose with
plenty of water. Research has
shown that a molecule of water can
move from the base of a 24-inch cut
rose to the petals in less than 30
seconds when the rose is in the light
at room temperature.
The cells in the stem of a rose.
which carry the water, are like a
handful of soda straws. As long as
the straws are In a glass of water.
you can draw water through them.
A couple of problems can keep a
rose from drinking. When you cut
the stem, its "straws" suck in air.
forming a bubble that blocks the
stem's and plates tiny screens
that allow water to pass.
Sugars that normally move
through the stem to the plant's roots
ooze out the end ad are drawn into
the water-collecting cells, where
This happens most readily when
air has moved into these cells first.
With the base of the stem blocked,
water cannot pass to the petals. In
short. it is cut off from its life-sup-
Fortunately, blockage of the
stem is restricted to the first one-
half inch from the cut. To avoid let-
ting the base of the stem get another
air bubble when the new cut is
made. however, hold the base of the
stem under water (either in a sink or
under a running stream) while you
make the cut with a sharp knife or
Take care that the end of the
stem doesn't dry off as you move it
to its vase.
Roses should be cut late In the
day. Research shows that roses cut
late afternoon will last longer than
in the morning. This is mostly
because of the extra supply of sugar
that the leaves stored during the
day. After a long day, the leaves are
saturated with sugar, so this nourish
the flowers after they ar cut.
On Valentines Day, why not
give a rose to your sweetheart?
Olasee Davis, who holds a mas-
ter of science degree in range man-
agement and forestry ecology, is a
St. Croix ecologist, activist and