Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info) Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info) Cultivar: New Day Additional cultivar information: (PP3228, aka Mabella, KORgold) Hybridized by Kordes; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1972
Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Bloom Color: Medium yellow (my)
Bloom Shape: Double Tea shaped
Flower Fragrance: Very Fragrant
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall Blooms repeatedly
Patent Information: Non-patented
Other Details: Susceptible to black spot Susceptible to mildew Stems are moderately thorny
Pruning Instructions: Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
Propagation Methods: From softwood cuttings From semi-hardwood cuttings From hardwood cuttings By grafting By budding
On Dec 21, 2012, mystichrome from Santa Ana, CA wrote:
The New Day rose is the very first rose I ever purchased since I began gardening in 2011. Not knowing if I even had enough of a green thumb for growing roses, I took a leap of faith and decided why not. Plus, it was the end of the growing season, and Lowe’s had a bunch of 1.5gal roses on sale. I was instantly drawn to New Day’s bright yellow, fragrant blooms. The plant seemed to sit there just saying, “Buy me. Buy me. Buy me. Please.” So, being cautious as a new gardener at the time, I only bought one.
Living here in Southern California (in zone 10a), our winters are super mild with the occasional 80°F day. I had purchased my New Day rose a couple days before Christmas and didn’t get around to planting it right away. Finally, after the hectic holidays ended and the extended family went back home, I planted my New Day on January 1, 2012, a warm 80°F day.
Reflecting back on the year that my New Day has been in the ground, it has been a complete success! This rose blooms non-stop, literally. Even during our unprecedented hot summer of 2012 (with temps in excess of 100°F for days at a time) when all my other roses went dormant, New Day continued to pump out beautiful, fragrant blooms without any loss of color, size, form, or fragrance. Some of my other roses started dropping leaves in the intense heat, but not New Day. I continued to give New Day and my other roses the same amount of water and rose food throughout the year. My New Day rose hasn’t suffered from black spot or mildew, possibly because of its airy, central location in my backyard next to a frequently used birdbath. Even my small feathered friends seem to enjoy sitting on New Day’s branches, as it quickly grew to about 2 feet tall by summer.
Now, after having experienced my New Day rose for nearly one full year, I can honestly say that this rose is one of the toughest and hardiest out there. If I had known a year ago that I have quite a knack for growing roses, I would’ve bought more than one. New Day’s performance during our hot summer convinced me to try to find another one, but unfortunately Lowe’s, Home Depot, Orchard, Wal-Mart, and other nurseries did not carry New Day in 2012 for some reason. Oh well. Regardless if I find another New Day in the coming season, at least I still have one fine specimen in my garden. New Day will always have a special place in my garden as it was my first attempt at growing a rose.
I full-heartedly recommend New Day for any beginner, as it’s not as picky and finicky as some other roses. New Day seems to reward the novice gardener by showing a level of patience, as well as producing beautiful cut flowers all year. It is now December, and my New Day rose is getting ready to bloom once again!
On May 16, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
This rose gets a bit of black spot in zone 5. It's a nice rose for cutting, with long straight stems. The blooms last in a vase well.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Sun City West, Arizona San Leandro, California Santa Ana, California Tujunga, California Hampton, Illinois Church Point, Louisiana Westlake, Louisiana El Paso, Texas North Bend, Washington Seattle, Washington