Friday, 5 June, 2015
We believe it is possible. Well of course! And so we join our hands on a day like today to celebrate the World Environment Day. Seven billion humans, fourteen billion hands. Together. Working for a better world!
The Botanical Garden of Fuerteventura is home to hundreds of species of native and foreign flora that are endangered. Because our goal is to take care for our environment and educating young and old in that direction.
And we couldn’t think of a nicer plant to demonstrate our involvement with this day that the rose plant. Because they are a symbol of beauty, love, friendship ... The same feelings that we want to convey about the environment around us. And we have chosen it because the rose is one of the most popular ornamental plants, grown from time immemorial and appreciated throughout the world.
Botanically, roses belong to the genus Rosa, from the family Rosaceae. In this family they are also integrated some fruit trees as well known as peach, apple, apricot, almond, medlar and quince trees, and many ornamental shrubs. You only have to look at their flowers. Those of a peach or an apple, for example, are like little miniature roses.
There are over 100 different species of wild roses. Most grow in temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, especially in Asia and North America. There are also many species in Europe and some in North Africa.
But the big variety of roses is almost endless! After a few initial species of wild roses, there were selected some growing roses. Possibly, their number now exceeds 25,000 different varieties, and every year new ones are obtained.
There are many shrub trunks, shrubs with a single trunk, climbing, simple or filled with flowers, as well as many colors from white to almost black dark purple. Garden centers often have a number of varieties available and specialists can advise you on the purchase to take the rose that best suits the conditions of your garden or terrace.
Would you like to grow them at home? The roses need moderate watering. The soil should never dry out completely, but it should not be waterlogged. They are not very tolerant to salinity, so it’s better to use good quality water.
Grow these or other plants at home can be a way of bringing youngsters to nature. With this small gesture, you can feel the responsibility of having to care for a plant, protect it, and thus will be more aware of the impact that our actions have on the environment around us.
Celebrate with us the World Environment Day and transmit to everyone how important is to contribute to this cause!