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PlantFiles: Hybrid Tea Rose
Rosa 'First Prize'

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Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: First Prize
Hybridized by Boerner; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1970

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Class:
Hybrid Tea

Height:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:
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:
Double
Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly

Habit:
Bush

Patent Information:
Non-patented

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

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Profile:

1 positive
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral 80s_child 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!

Neutral sshort 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 in spring before removing it. The blooms are so beautiful that I end up letting it live. This summer will be the deciding factor.

Positive janders 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.

Neutral Gindee77 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.

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

Bred in United States.

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

Regional...

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
Camano Island, Washington



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