Remember the sweet smelling flowers of your youth? They have all been bred out

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Remember the sweet smelling flowers of your youth? They have all been bred out

Do you ever wonder if flowers were more scented in your youth than now.?

Is it just a sign of declining olfactory perception that there is little smell to modern flowers?

Turns out its not you. Flowers have had the smell bred out of them.

One elderly gentleman asks why carnations no longer smell as strongly as they did when he was young. This is one of the responses

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I was a florist for over twenty years. It is not your imagination or your nose.

The oils that produce fragrance in flowers also cause the cut flower not to last as long or be as safely shipped.

As more and more farm/greenhouse land is sold for houses more and more cut flowers are imported from South America. There are very few carnation growers left in the USA.

Carnations (and Roses) bred for production for florists had the scent bred out of them when they bred for longer vase life and ease of being shipped long distances safely.

Now that they have achieved that goal, breeders are breeding the fragrance back in, especially to roses.

Seeking out garden or heirloom hybrids, rather than florist hybrids often gets you much more fragrance too.


Link to the full post (its interesting)
 http://forums.gardenweb.com...

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By netchicken: posted on 23-3-2008








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