The Sacramento Bee published an article on Sunday, 12 February about the declining popularity of hybrid tea roses. It may be so, given that hybrid tea roses tend to be chemical dependent and require a lot of maintenance. You might be aware of the run-away popularity of low-maintenance Knock-Out roses, and similar landscape shrub roses.
However, several comments beneath the article point to corporate mergers and high prices as the culprits. Still, it's hard to believe that a flower so perennially popular as the hybrid tea rose might be losing its status as America's most loved flower. At any rate, this is the article link: Roses lose bloom as hobby, industry.
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