Rose exhibition to display ‘blue rose’

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The newly developed variety will be displayed for the first time in India, along with other new species.

Pune: The Rose Society of Pune will inaugurate its centenary year celebrations by organising a rose exhibition at Tilak Maharashtra University on September 16 and 17. 

The main attraction of this exhibition will be the newly developed variety, blue rose, along with some new species of roses. Over 250 kinds of rose varieties from across India will be displayed at the exhibition.

The newly developed variety will be displayed for the first time in India, along with other new species.

Pune: The Rose Society of Pune will inaugurate its centenary year celebrations by organising a rose exhibition at Tilak Maharashtra University on September 16 and 17. 

The main attraction of this exhibition will be the newly developed variety, blue rose, along with some new species of roses. Over 250 kinds of rose varieties from across India will be displayed at the exhibition.

Anil Kumar, Managing Director, CTR Industries, will inaugurate the exhibition at 3 pm on Saturday. The exhibition will be open for visitors from 1 pm to 8 pm on Saturday and 9 am to 8 pm on Sunday. On the day of the inauguration, various flowers will be displayed, along with several flower arrangements. Also, there will be 26 stalls, which will have various flower plants, garden equipment, fertilisers, seeds and pesticides.

In 2006, Japan cultivated blue rose through the process of hybridisation. It is the first time in India, that Ganesh Shinde from Pune has cultivated a new variety of rose, which is blue in colour, after working on it for over 10 years. He is also the managing committee member of The Rose Society of Pune. This new variety will be the main attraction for the visitors at the 
exhibition. 

“Blue colour gene does not exist in roses. This variety of rose is cultivated by hybridising Midnight Blue Rose and Blue For You Rose. It took 10 years to achieve this colour of rose. In this process, various other colours of roses were developed. It has been three years and the colour of the rose is still stable,” he said

Along with the rose exhibition, there will be a musical treat ‘Swarmayi Shaam’, which will be organised on the day of inauguration. Rajesh Datar will present old and new songs in the auditorium of Tilak Maharashtra University between 6 pm and 7.30 pm. This programme will be open for all.

The floriculture research department of Delhi’s Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), which has recently shifted to the Agriculture College of Pune, will hold a seminar for farmers from Pune and other districts on Sunday between 9 am to noon by KV Prasad, Director ICAR- DFR. He will guide the framers on modern technology for rose cultivation.

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