Hybrid Tea Rose
Rosa '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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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'