Hybrid Tea Rose 'First Prize'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: First Prize
Hybridized by Boerner
Registered or introduced: 1970
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Hybrid Tea


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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:

Pink blend (pb)

Bloom Shape:


Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:


Other Details:

Susceptible to mildew

Stems are very 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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Clayton, California

Hayward, California

Oak Park, California

San Leandro, California

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Hampton, Illinois

Barbourville, Kentucky

Nottingham, Maryland

Rowley, Massachusetts

Tyngsboro, Massachusetts

Kansas City, Missouri

Las Vegas, Nevada

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Lewisville, Texas

Midland, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Rockwall, Texas

Ferron, Utah

Camano Island, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 19, 2015, angeladoria from Provo, UT wrote:

This is one of the most beautiful blooms I have ever seen. I planted this rose bush over ten years ago and have always enjoyed the huge beautiful bloom each year. However, my bush did not grow very big at all and would only get one decent bloom on it each year, a single bloom that was always worth waiting for. I had planted it next to a red blaze climber and another climber and it was kind of lost in between. Last year, I tore out the red blaze climber and the other roses around the first prize rose and I am pleased that this year is the first year that the first prize rose bush has actually started to grow properly. I had three blooms on it early this summer and now it is getting four more. I wish I would have known that the reason it wasn't growing right was the other bushes over-shadowi... read more


On Mar 3, 2013, 80s_child from Hayward, CA wrote:

I live in north cali, bought this from my local H/D year ago and planted it ..My few street up my house.. a lady has this beauty in her garden, is real TALL & is almost 10 years old & the blooms gets BIG as dinner dish size plate ,JUST HUUGEE..NEVER seen any rose blooms get that BIG. Anyway got mine planted it..Beautiful hot pink color opens up with creamy/peach in the middle, as u see in pictures here, real beautiful bloom, only thing is lack of scent & VERY Susceptible to powdery mildew, needs to spray, Beside that great lQQking rose with HUGE blooms & well in growth!


On Jun 13, 2012, sshort from Kansas City, MO wrote:

My First Prize was one of the first roses I planted in my garden 12 years ago here in Kansas City, micro climate zone 6a to 7b. It gets the same regular care as my other roses, fungicide, food, water and mulch. The plant is very skinny and tops out at 7 foot in the fall even after hard pruning in the spring. The 5 inch blooms are a nice tea rose shape, lovely pink and slightly fragrant, with very long stems (although this summer it has decided to be a grandiflora, I guess it was all of the fish emulsion this spring). Foliage dark green and healthy with regular care. BUT!! the blooms do not last and burn out quickly even in 80 degree weather. It would make a nice cutting rose. I keep trying to pull it up and replace it with Perfume Delight, then decide to wait until the first bloom is over ... read more


On May 29, 2006, janders from Rockwall, TX wrote:

I'm having some problem with disease control, and the bush is very slow growing. I love the size of the blooms, however, it makes the effort very worthwhile. Only for gardeners who enjoy babying their roses and giving them a little extra TLC.


On May 16, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

First Prize has some of the largest blooms of any rose I've seen. It has no fragrance and it's rather stingy with it's blooms. It needs good protection in the winter in zone 5.


On Jun 10, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred in United States.

Seed: Seedling of 'Enchantment'
Pollen: Seedling of 'Golden Masterpiece'