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PlantFiles: Large Flowered Climbing Rose
Rosa 'Handel'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Handel
Additional cultivar information: (aka MACha, Handel, Haendel, McGredy's Hndel)
Hybridized by McGredy; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1965

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Modern Climber

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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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:
Red blend (rb)

Bloom Shape:
Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly

Trained to climb

Patent Information:

Other Details:
Stems are nearly thornless

Pruning Instructions:
Avoid pruning

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding
By simple layering
By air layering
By tip layering

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral val0822 On May 28, 2007, val0822 from Media, PA wrote:

I have to take back what I said 2 years ago - this has hardly grown at all in 2 years and despite my best efforts has major black spot. I'm going to replace them.

Not much fragrance but spectacularly beautiful flowers. Lots of blooms in a fairly short time. I've only had it a year but I have hopes it will be a real show-stopper when it gets larger. I also have seen a tendancy to black spot.

Positive JeanneTX On Oct 27, 2006, JeanneTX from Willis, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This Beautiful Climber from Sam McGredy is wonderful and gets quite large

Positive fluffygrue On Jul 9, 2005, fluffygrue from Manchester
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

Beautiful rose, with pale pink blooms edged in bright pink. Dark bronze foliage contrasts well, and it seems to be quite vigorous. Sadly it seems quite prone to black-spot.

Neutral Paulwhwest On Jun 11, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred and introduced in Ireland. Light, honey, fragrance.

Seed: Columbine
Pollen: Heidelberg


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

Chula Vista, California
Willis, Texas

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