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Long Stemmed vs. Short Stemmed Roses - The Difference  

Long stemmed roses, short stemmed roses, EXTRA long stemmed roses; how do we know the difference?

For an average consumer, roses seem to come in limitless sizes. What’s the difference between a small stemmed rose and a medium stemmed rose? When it comes down to it, all it is a few inches and the amount of labor put in. At Rosaholics, we’re here to clear up the confusion.

As experts in organic farm fresh rose farming, we know everything there is to know about long stemmed and short stemmed roses. We’ve put together a quick guide for you, so your rose shopping can carry along smoothly.

Here is the quick guide to the difference between long stemmed and short stemmed roses:

Extra Long Stem Roses


On the longer side of the rose length spectrum, we have extra long stemmed roses. Extra long stemmed roses are as big as they get. These premium roses are grown to make a presence in a room. Towering at 35 inches (90 cm), extra long stemmed roses are the queen of all roses. Their buds are a stunning 2 inches in diameter and 2.5 to 3 inches tall.

Extra long stemmed roses happen to be more expensive than traditional long stemmed and short stemmed roses. These roses range from $55 to $90 depending on color and stem length. Their beauty is impressive.

So… why are extra long stemmed roses so special?

Easy... Because they’re rare.

Extra long stemmed roses are an exclusive and unique Rosaholics flower, grown in the heart of the rich lands of Ecuador.  These beautiful roses are farmed and cared for with great precision to reach towering heights. The only way they’re able to reach these heights is through an immense about of labor and an exclusive formula adapted over generations of family rose farming. Take a look for yourself.

Long Stem Roses

Next on the list is long stemmed roses.

Long stemmed roses aren’t nearly as towering as extra long stemmed roses but they still know how to light up a room. Long stemmed roses are usually about 23 inches (60 cm) in height with buds about 1.5 inches in diameter and 2.5 inches tall.

Commonly, long stemmed roses are of the Hybrid Tea rose species. Long stemmed roses entered the market in the 1800s when a unique cross of the Tea Rose and Hybrid Perpetual rose was introduced. They were a revolutionary introduction. In these years, people had never seen roses this massive before. The result is a beauty that has been gifted for generations.

Long stemmed roses have a beautiful aroma and a bountiful amount of blooming colors to choose from.

Medium Stemmed Roses

Medium stemmed roses are a bit shorter than long stemmed roses but are still full of luscious character and beauty. These roses are usually about 19.75 inches (50 cm) in length with buds about 1 inch in diameter and 1.5 to 2 inches tall.

Medium stemmed roses usually cost a bit less than their sister long stemmed roses. Due to their height and less difficult farming efforts, medium stemmed roses are a more affordable option for Valentine’s Day or any other regular day. Medium stemmed rose bouquets can vary in cost, but the average bouquet goes for about $45.00 depending on the intricacy and rareness of the bouquet.

Short Stemmed Roses

Short stemmed roses are a very common type of rose sold in stores around the world. Standard short stemmed roses are usually around 15.75 inches (40 cm) tall with buds that are usually 1.5-2 inches high. With short stemmed roses, the taller the stem the bigger the bud.

There are also roses that are even smaller than standard short stemmed roses; sweetheart, petite, or miniature roses. These roses grow anywhere from 11.75 to 15.75 inches (30-40cm) with buds generally about 0.5 inches in diameter and 1 inch high.

Short stemmed roses are a less intensive growing process, so they tend to be lower in cost than any other prior stated roses. Short stemmed roses grow on bushes with about 2 or 3 rose buds per stem, this weight is why the stems tend to be shorter.

Why are long stem roses more expensive?

It’s obvious that short stemmed roses are significantly more affordable than extra long stemmed roses. So… why is that?

The answer is simple.

Long stemmed roses require an intensive and intricate farming process. In order to actually grow a rose stem to 80 centimeters, you must care for it daily. Farmers must prune any extra buds in order to create an ideal stem for the single bud. Long stemmed roses can only support one bud per stem, leading to a lesser production of roses and creating a rarity of long stemmed roses.

Overall, the labor process is more intensive making these roses more expensive. Growth time can be extremely variable and unpredictable.

Are long stemmed roses worth the extra cost?

Now that all the facts are out there… are long stemmed roses actually worth the higher price?

Our honest answer…

Yes.

Long stemmed roses are THE perfect statement gift. They’re towering beauty is really beyond compare. They’re sure to light up any room and are a unique accent to any home or office.

Now there is the issue of vase life. It’s commonly known that roses have a vase life of around one week. It’s extremely easy to prolong this life with proper care and a few additional home remedies that you can add to your flowers’ water. A couple home remedies that’ll boost your flowers’ vase life are:

  • Aspirin
  • Coins
  • Flower food
  • Soda
  • Vodka
  • Apple cider vinegar & sugar

Even putting your flowers in the fridge overnight is sure to boost their vase life.

So, the beauty of long stemmed roses paired with a few home remedies really makes this purchase worthwhile.

By now, you’re a rose stem length expert. Whether you’re looking for a simple short stemmed bouquet or the most elegant extra long stemmed dozen, you’re sure to find a fit with Rosaholics. Check out our variety of Ecuadorian farm fresh roses to pick your perfect gift today.