It’s all in the genes
Breeding and developing new roses is a key part of the work at Peter Beales. But for those seeking the perfect black or blue rose, there is likely to be disappointment. “The genes are just not there, it just does not happen,” explains Ian. What happens is that the ‘black’ roses are actually super-deep red and the ‘blue’ end up as purple.
“If we could do it we’d be able to retire the next day!” he jokes.
As it is the rose development programme is pretty intensive. “When we’re breeding roses every year we’ll cross probably 2-3,000 different varieties which will produce 40,000 seeds every year. Out of those in ten years’ time there might be 6-10 varieties that are good enough to launch.”
BELOW: Hard at work packing up the orders