Russian Cut roses are not grown in Siberia. The term ‘Russian Cut’ actually refers to a rose that has been left on the stem longer than usual. Recent findings are showing that roses which are left on the stem longer develop brighter colors and can actually have a longer vase life than the traditional tight cut roses. The theory is that since the rose is left on the plant longer it benefits from more nutrients from the plant which will improve its performance.
The term ‘Russian Cut’ is used because of the Russian tradition of giving a single, large-headed rose as a sign of appreciation rather than the North American tradition of a dozen roses. It is also being referred to as a ‘Designer Cut’ in North America.
This is a common cut in Europe. Here in North America, when people see this type of rose, many make the mistake of thinking that it is “blown” and won’t last long. This is simply not true! We are just not used to roses being cut when they are this large and partially open. A Russian cut rose will last just as long, if not longer, than a rose that has been cut in the bud stage.