Hybrid Tea Roses are considered a rose royalty. The term however is an informal horticultural classification of this group of roses which is a cross between hybrid perpetuals and the old fashioned tea roses. The Hybrid Tea Roses are classified as a modern garden rose. They are perhaps the most popular rose in the world and the most popular flower. It has all the virtues one would look for in a flower: beauty, fragrance and easy maintenance.
The Hybrid Tea Roses produce the showiest blooms; the flowers on hybrid tea roses may have over 60 petals and can be as large as 5 inches across. They have large, high-centred buds, supported by long, straight and upright stems. Most hybrid tea roses tend to be upright and can reach up to 2 metres in height depending on the cultivar, growing conditions and pruning regime. The long strong stem of the hybrid tea rose make them a great cut flower.
The birth of the hybrid tea rose was recorded in 1867; it was raised by Jean-Baptiste Guillot, a French nurseryman. The Hybrid Tea Roses however did not become popular until the beginning of the 20th century with the cultivar Soleil d’Or. Although Hybrid Tea Roses suffered a declining popularity among gardeners and landscapers due to its tendency to be stiffly upright with sparse foliage, they remain the standard rose in the industry and are still favored by small gardens.
Hybrid tea roses need to receive at least 6 hours of sun a day, so strategic location for planting is necessary. Plant the hybrid tea rose in a soil that drains easily, put a deep layer of mulch around the tea rose bush to keep the weeds away. Water regularly, deep watering is preferred at least once a week. Fertilize your hybrid tea rose with a rose specific fertilizer three times a year for healthier bushes and bigger blooms. First application should be done after pruning in spring, followed by during the first blooming time, and the last in mid to late July. Pruning should be done when the hybrid tea roses are still dormant.
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