Hybrid Tea Roses
Hybrid Tea Roses - The Queen of Flowers
Hybrid Tea Roses are the classic type of rose - a single, exquisite flower on each long stem. They have a reputation for being difficult to grow since they do need more attention than some of the other rose varieties. I'm a gardener in Zone 5, the Chicago area, so hybrid teas require winter protection to survive. They are also more prone to diseases such as black spot and powdery mildew. Don't let this discourage you from adding these beautiful flowers to your garden.
Hybrid Teas are definitely worth the effort! Ahh...the satisfaction you get from watching them bloom. In recent years hardier types have been introduced that are much more disease resistant. Plus some of the newer 3-in-1 systemic products on the market make the job a whole lot easier than it used to be. They provide fertilizer, insect control, and disease control in one application. A little preventative maintenance goes a long way to happy, healthy hybrid tea roses.
It's so hard to narrow down favorite hybrid tea roses...so I decided to choose my top two favorites by color to help narrow down the list. Also I'm only going to mention those that are available on the market currently through mail order nurseries or local garden centers. Enjoy!
My Favorite Red Hybrid Tea Roses
Red is by far the most popular color of rose, and the one you usually think of first when visualizing a classic hybrid tea rose.
"Mister Lincoln" is the best-selling red hybrid tea rose of all time. One look and sniff and you can see why! Pictured above in the top intro module, "Mister Lincoln" has a very royal red velvety appearance and amazing rose fragrance.
This handsome rose has been standing proud since it was first bred in 1964, today blooming aplenty and bringing wonderful fragrance to countless rose beds and gardens worldwide. It's my favorite red rose and a fitting tribute to the popular president.
Another stand out red hybrid tea rose is "Let Freedom Ring" - a newer rose introduced in 2006 (photo at right). In addition to its delicious strawberry red color, this rose is graced with amazingly long straight stems, exquisite exhibition-quality form, and a light but sweet fragrance. "Let Freedom Ring" is remarkably disease resistant for a Hybrid Tea rose. The elegant high-centered flowers are slow to open, and exceptionally long lasting in the vase.
My Favorite Orange-Coral Hybrid Tea Roses
"Tropicana"is hands down my favorite in this category - bright orangey coral blooms on one prolific hybrid tea rose. This has been one of my favorite roses since childhood. Tropicana has a delightful spicy, yet fruity fragrance. I've grown "Tropicana" (pictured at right) for over 25 years now and it is probably the most complimented rose in my garden. The color is luscious...an absolute stand out and great in bouquets.
A new orange rose worth taking a look at is "Sedona". The warm colors are reminiscent of the picturesque red bluffs and magnificent sunsets of the high desert. The high-centered flowers echo shades of reds, corals, and oranges. Very fragrant and makes excellent cut flowers too.
Pink Promise Hybrid Tea Rose
Helpful Rose Gardening Tip #1
Remove flowers as soon as they drop their petals.
The sooner the cut is made - the sooner a new flower will develop on that stem.
Keep Your Roses in TipTop Shape...
I swear by these!
This works beautifully with roses...soaking them from the base of the plant.
I give my roses a few spoonfuls of this each spring.
My Favorite Yellow Hybrid Tea Roses
Just like any color, there are various shades of the yellow hue. Yellows can be bright and sunny, or pale and buttery in tone. As bright yellow roses go, "Radiant Perfume" is magnificent! The most fragrant yellow rose I've come across with a strong citrus scent that's simply out of this world! Stunning in the garden and in bouquets, with a sparkling golden yellow color, graceful form, and long stems. This is one vigorous, statuesque bush bred for good disease resistance.
In the pale yellow category, "Peace" is a sentimental favorite of mine. (Pictured at right) This gorgeous and historic rose is an all-time favorite of many and an award winner - and you can see why: glorious creamy lemon yellow blooms with rosy pink edges, topped off with a sweet fragrance. As the flowers age they deepen in color adding to the depth and interest of this fine hybrid tea rose.
I like this Rose family so much I did a Squidoo lens exclusively on them! See link below...
My Favorite White Hybrid Tea Roses
There's just something so elegant about a white rose. One I'm partial to is fairly new, introduced in 2007, the "Pope John Paul II" rose (photo at right). This magnificent flowering tribute to one of the world's most beloved religious leaders is one fine white rose. The "Pope John Paul II" rose produces luminous, pristine, lavishly petaled blossoms with a delightful, fresh citrus fragrance.
Another beautiful white hybrid tea rose is "Honor". This rose has satin-white blooms and sturdy foliage, beautiful but tough, it will hold up to all kinds of weather. "Honor" has been around for 30 years and is one hardy rosebush. It was bred to be disease resistant and sure seems to be so far for me - a good performer in my rose garden.
Helpful Rose Gardening Tip #2
Hybrid Tea Roses need about 1 inch of water per week. Use a rain gauge to measure.
Water early in the day and keep water off the leaves to reduce disease problems.
Planting Hybrid Tea Roses - 5 Easy Steps
Planting a Rose That Comes in a Container
If you have purchased a rose in a plastic pot, now it's time to transplant it into your garden. Follow these simple instructions to create a happy home for your new rose plant:
Step 1: Find its new home: Select a spot in your garden that gets 6+ hours of sun per day. Dig a hole that is the same depth as the container and about 18 inches wide.
Step 2: Loosen the soil around root ball to expose the roots. As plants grow tall, their roots get long as well. If the plant is in a small pot, the roots can get bound up in a ball and prevent the plant from reaching its true potential. Repotting is the perfect time to resolve this. If your rose is "rootbound", score it by making vertical cuts with a sharp knife. Open the scores about an inch to allow roots to form.
Step 3: Place the rose bush in the center of the hole and fill in with a mix of basic potting soil, garden soil, and organic material.
Step 4: With your hands, work the soil mixture around the roots to eliminate any air pockets.
Step 5: Water thoroughly to establish good soil contact. If you have organic mulch like wood chips, shredded bark, pine needles or peat nuggets, add that as a top layer to help the soil retain moisture.
My Favorite Pink Hybrid Tea Roses
"Falling In Love" makes your heart go pitter-patter (couldn't resist ; ) with its big classically-formed fragrant flowers of warm pink with a cream reverse. Each long-lived lovely blossom is regally carried atop sturdy stems. This is a bushy and attractive plant that's good for cutting. The romantic fragrance has strong rose and fruit notes. (photo at right)
Another pink rose charmer is "Bewitched" which is a classic among pink hybrid teas. This beauty bears large lovely buds and blooms filled with rich rose perfume and carried on long stems. The large apple-green foliage is eye-catching against the pure deep pink blooms.
Helpful Rose Gardening Tip #3
Hybrid Tea Roses are heavy feeders. Fertilize monthly using a complete balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10.
A handful spread evenly under each plant. Or use a soluble fertilizer such as Miracle-Gro For Roses.
My Favorite Lavender Hybrid Tea Roses
Blue Girl is one special silvery-lavender-blue rose, it seems unreal! This unique hybrid tea is a real treat. Blue Girl is a vigorous plant blooms freely with huge 5 1/2 inch fragrant flowers of exhibition form. The strong stems make it ideal for eye-catching floral arrangements and it's bred to be disease resistant. Blue Girl is a big improvement over the lavender roses of yesteryear.
Another beautiful lavender rose is Barbra Streisand. An avid rose lover, Barbra was very choosy when it came to picking a rose that would bear her name. It had to have large flowers with an attractive color. But most of all, it must be fragrant! The Barbra Streisand rose certainly fulfills all of those wishes. Just one big shapely blossom can nearly overpower you with strong, sweet rose scent. The clean lavender colors show off strikingly against deep glossy green leaves.
Beautiful Hybrid Tea RosesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Helpful Rose Gardening Tip #4
Keep your roses clean by picking up dropped leaves and other debris regularly to prevent diseases.
Make sure to wear gloves to protect your hands from scratches.
How To Prevent Black Spot on Roses
A little prevention and good hygiene goes a long way...
Controlling black spot on roses is very important for rose health and longevity. This fungal disease is characterized by black spots on the upper side of leaves that then turn yellow and fall off. Black spot is more prevalent in warm, wet weather, usually during wet and humid summers.
Bad news: Black spot spreads quickly and can move from plant to plant if proper care is not taken.
Good news: Many modern roses are bred to be resistant to black spot.
Here are some tips to help prevent it in the first place:
1.) Water your hybrid tea roses in the morning preferably at the base of the plants as wet leaves can invite black spot. Soaker hoses are great for this.
2.) Keep the area around your roses clean...pick up any fallen leaves promptly.
3.) Spray your roses every two weeks with a fungicide such as Bayers 3-in-1 or use my favorite "tonic" recipe below.
4.) Ensure your rosebushes have good air circulation. Prune out any weak branches and remove diseased leaves right away.
Chicago Peace Hybrid Tea Rose
Recommended Rose Books - These are excellent reference manuals
Homemade Black Spot Tonic
I use an empty gallon milk jug for this recipe then put the mixture into a spray bottle for application.
~ 1 gallon of water
~ 1 TB of baking soda
~ 1 TB of vegetable oil
~ 1 TB of Fels-Naptha Soap, shaved off of the bar (I know you can get it at Ace Hardware stores)
Mix all the above and spray on your hybrid tea roses once a week.