GROWERS' AND CONSUMERS' KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES AND OPINIONS REGARDING ROSES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
Rose breeders historically have bred plants based on what they personally have deemed important, or instead on variables growers have noted as important for the success in growing the crop. End-user opinions have not been formally considered. The purpose of this study was to investigate the growers and the consumers knowledge, attitudes, needs and opinions of roses available on the market and their experiences in growing them in the nursery and home landscape. A survey tool was developed to measure what attributes consumers were looking for in purchasing and growing rose plants, their knowledge of diseases and pests and their hopes for new plants coming to market. The survey was developed using Limesurvey web-based survey design tool. A link was sent to horticultural group mailing lists including the Rose Hybridizer Association, the American Rose Society, the Texas Landscape and Nursery Association, Master Gardeners among others as well as distributed through personal email lists, Facebook, and a news release from Texas A&M University. The survey was posted for 10 weeks. It included approximately 66 questions and took 30 min or more to complete. Over 1800 responses were received from rose growers and consumers worldwide. Data were automatically downloaded into Microsoft Excel. Data formatting was conducted in Excel and transferred to PASW/SPSS. Results of the survey found that respondents preferred roses that were disease resistant, with fragrant, abundant, red and recurrent blooming flowers. The ideal height of the rose shrubs is waist to shoulder-height. Therefore, roses should be bred to include these attributes.
Waliczek, T.M., Byrne, D.H. and Holeman, D.J. (2015). GROWERS' AND CONSUMERS' KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES AND OPINIONS REGARDING ROSES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. Acta Hortic. 1064, 235-239
Rosa × hybrid, survey, rose breeding, disease resistance, fragrance, recurrent blooming, flower color, flower size