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Growing Hybrid Tea Roses

Growing Hybrid Tea Roses

Neptune Hybrid Tea Roses


Popular Roses available in a wide range of colors. Many varieties are fragrant, and all make excellent cut flowers, specimen plants, flowering hedges, or massed plantings. Hybrid Tea Roses are hardy in zones 5 to 9. Keep bare root roses in a cool place out of direct sunlight until planted. Roots can be soaked in water for a few hours to hydrate them before planting. Prepare a hole 18 inches wide and deep enough to fit all the roots without bending. Amend the planting hole with compost or other organic matter. Plant in spring 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost with the graft union 1 to 2 inches below ground in cold climates or just above the soil level in mild winter climates. Protect newly planted roses from drying out by mounding soil loosely over the canes, leaving a few inches of stems exposed. Remove the soil after 2 or 3 weeks or when growth begins.


For full sun to light shade in moist, well-drained soil. Requires annual pruning in late winter or early spring to keep plants vigorous and productive. Cut back thin canes by half, and remove any canes growing from below the graft union. Cut strong canes back to 14 to 18 inches tall and remove dead or spindly canes and shoots growing toward the interior of the plant

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use full rates of Algoflash Fertilizer 5-5-7 For Roses (51089), Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165), or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other hardy Roses include Brownell's Sub-Zeros, Knock Out® Rose, and Shrub Rose. 

Complimentary Products

Hybrid Tea Roses are heavy feeder that benefit from fertilization in spring, when plants begin flowering, and again in mid summer. Other hardy flowering shrubs include Azalea, Lilac, and new Snow Dwarf Mockorange (20710).

Product Recommendations

Use Rose Shield Concentrate (50308) to treat or prevent pest and disease problems.

Hybrid Tea Rose Facts

Hybrid Tea Roses benefit from spraying to keep plants healthy. Aphids, borers, Japanese beetles, mites, rose chafers, scale, leaf spot, rust, and powdery mildew can be affect plants. Hybrid Tea Roses were originally developed by crossing Tea Roses and Hybrid Perpetual Roses in the late 1800s.

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