What is your favorite rose

Our employees in Scharfenort

We were able to win over Ms. Rama Scharfenort for this interview and we are pleased that she gave us insights into her field of activity.

How long have you been working at Tantau?

Since 1997. I am originally from Ghana and had very little knowledge of German. In the beginning I was only able to speak to my colleagues in English. But the friendly atmosphere quickly made many contacts, and that helped me a lot to learn the German language quickly.

Then you've been with Rosen Tantau for 20 years this year. Have the tasks always stayed the same? Or how have they changed?

As a result of my long membership, I have been able to acquire knowledge in many areas. I know how the potting machine (for Tantop Royal® and container roses, Editor's note) has to be served, I know all the steps of propagation. But field work is also no stranger to me. B. Cut Reiser.

Nowadays I am mostly busy in breeding and enjoy being able to accompany the exciting tasks of crossing and selection together with my colleagues.

What does a typical daily routine look like?

Because the tasks are so diverse, there is no typical process. The tasks also change depending on the season.

What are your main tasks?

After all the flowers of our mother plants have been pollinated individually, I start harvesting the rose hips. I have to make sure that the rose hip is just the right degree of ripeness. I also take care of pulling the seedlings out of the seedbed. These selected seedlings then go into propagation, in the process we refine the garden roses on the wildlings in our novelty fields and cut roses are potted and stay in the greenhouses. During this work, we have to pay close attention to documenting the mother and father roses so that we always know which rose was created from which combination.

Another task is to collect garden rose flowers. We take the pollen from these flowers and freeze it. This gives us the opportunity to pollinate our roses even when the right father varieties are not in bloom.

What are your favorite tasks?

I think the sowing is the best thing. About 300,000 seeds are sown by hand. We usually do this shortly before Christmas, so it's the last job before we go on vacation. What I also really like is the pollination. It takes about three months to pollinate all of our 80,000 or so flowers. Often we also work on weekends to get everything done. I enjoy sowing and pollinating the most, because I can work very independently and also get a deep insight into breeding and selection.

And what do you dislike at all?

In the past, wildlings were planted by hand. It was very strenuous work: all day long you stood in the field, bent over the ground, head first. Then the wildling was placed in the earth groove and this was then pressed down with the foot. And that in early spring, sometimes in snow, storm or continuous rain. But now we have machines for this, which makes this work much more pleasant.

Are the tasks the same all year round?

No. Roses are living plants, which is why we have a seasonal focus. So we always have to adapt to natural processes and weather conditions. That makes our work very varied and always very attractive.

What are your hobbies? Do you also have a private garden?

No, unfortunately I don't have a garden in my private life, but I really enjoy walking along the Elbe. There is a beautiful sandy beach there and you can watch the big ships that sail into the port of Hamburg. I also really enjoy cooking, sometimes I bring my colleagues a few samples of recipes from my home in Ghana. I'm also a big football and tennis fan.

What is your favorite rose? And why?

The Uetersener monastery rose is my favorite rose, because it is ideal for breeding, it has a large supply of pollen and forms very good rose hips, the seeds of which have a high germination rate.