Roses without thorns are popular in Australia particularly for those with young children, in nursing homes and for those who just do not like the prickles.
Although these roses have been around for many years its really only over the last 20 years that rose breeders have developed them into what they are today – thornless and attractive – well almost thorn free, most still have a few small prickles, particularly beneath the foliage. So instead of using the name ‘Thornless’ names like ‘Silk Touch, ‘Soft Touch and ‘Smooth Touch’ Roses are used.
Thornless Roses in Australia
Developed over the years to provide a rose that is easier to handle, safe for small children and for those who generally do not care for the thorns on roses.
Are they better roses, well yes if thorns are a problem, as yes they are easier to handle, however flower wise and growth wise they are very similar.
Where do Thornless Roses come from.
Rose breeders have developed them over the years. Kordes Roses in Germany have developed a range of thorn free roses. And in Australia the ‘Smooth Touch’ selection of thornless roses are popular.
David Austin has also developed a range that include plants such as, Charles de Mills, Zèphirine Drouhin and Tuscany Superb.
The same as all other roses ….. easy