Quinto Mansuino began breeding roses in the 1930s.
[From The Rose Annual
, 1981, p. 115:] [Aicardi's] great friend was Quinto Mansuino, and the nephews of Quinto, Ada and Michele, are considered to be Domenico Aicardi's spiritual heirs in the breeding of roses.....Not only has Quinto Mansuino spent the last sixty years looking for new varieties of flowers, but in the last twenty-five he has planned and created with the art and patience of a sculptor, and the precision of a computer, a new strain of roses.
Immediately at the end of the first world war, in order to meet the cost of the exciting work of horticultural research, he devoted his time to his father's small property at San Remo to the roses and carnations for sale as cut flowers. Hopes and difficulties alternated; then, in 1944, the catastrophe: a German unit occupied the rose nursery and installed artillery. Everything seemed lost, but there remained, however, the experience already acquired and matured during the long hours of reflection in the enforced inertia. Afterwards, during fifteen long years of experiments and selections, the chaff is shed and there appears the first precious Miniature, 'Generosa', the head of the Mansuinian strain, then 'Camellia', then 'Biancaneve' and many others.
What is a Mansuinian rose? It is the antithesis of the rose in fashion; that is, the rose with metre long stems; a costly cultural achievement often destroyed when the stem is drastically shortened no sooner than it enters a house.
The Mansuinian rose has a stem of about 40 centimetres, proportioned leaves and long lasting flowers. It is a rose which can satisfy the aspirations of many people who do not like the look of a rose "that walks on stilts". Cut flowers of the Mansuinian strain have been sold in Continental flower shops for over fifteen years. They are finer, but otherwise similar to 'Garnet' and its relatives. In their breeding are Banksians, Teas, Miniatures, R. chinensis semperflorens, R. chinensis mutabilis and a few Hybrid Teas, for example 'Ophelia'.