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How to care for Hybrid Tea roses

13-Apr-2021

Hybrid Tea roses are the most popular type of rose. The Hybrid Tea rose is a hardy plant which flowers repeatedly throughout the growing season. 

Read our guide to find out more about how to care for these easy to keep plants and what you should consider when planting them in your garden. 

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When to plant Hybrid Tea roses 

If you’re planting Hybrid Tea roses, they can be planted at any time of the year. However, we always recommend planting from the beginning of autumn through to early spring as this is when the plant is dormant. 

If the ground is frozen or waterlogged, avoid planting your roses until the conditions improve. When waiting for the conditions to improve, you should keep your rose in an unheated outhouse until they are ready to plant. 

If your roses are bare root, before planting, remove the packaging from around the plant and leave it in a bucket of water for at least two hours and up to 24 hours. When planting in the ground, dig a hole wide and deep enough for the roots to spread out and then cover with soil. 

Where to plant Hybrid Tea roses 

Hybrid Tea roses prefer to be in full sun but can tolerate light shade. Make sure the spot you choose is sheltered from strong winds to give your rose the best chance of thriving. 

Choose a location that gets at least five to six hours a day. 

Planting 

Around an hour before planting your rose in a container or in the ground, make sure you water it thoroughly but make sure the compost is not too wet. 

Double dig the and make sure the hole is large enough to accommodate the roots of the plant and so that the graft will rest at soil level. 

Remove the hole plant from it’s container and tease out the roots. We recommend trimming or pruning any damaged roots and then place the plant into the hole you have created. Backfill the gaps with your soil mix but ensure the new soil is not packed too tightly packed around the plant. 

Pruning Hybrid Tea roses 

We recommend pruning your Hybrid Tea rose in February or March to help encourage better growth in the summer. 

If your rose has been planted for less than a year can can hard prune it which involves cutting the rose back to 10-15cm from the ground to leave short and sturdy stems. 

If your rose is more established, you can use secateurs to prune the rose bush to half of its original height. This will help it to grow better in the summer months. 

Deadheading 

Deadheading is removing any dead or dying flowers from your rose bush to provide the plant with more energy to produce new growth. 

Cut the entire stem, including the dead rose away, cutting just before the second or third leaf down.

Watering Hybrid Tea roses 

One to two inches of water per week is usually enough but this can vary depending on the climate and growing conditions. 

Roses have extremely deep roots so, during seasons such as the autumn and winter, they may not require any water at all. These deep roots mean that signs of drought are not as quick to show as with other plants and underwatering can lead to stunted growth so be careful with your watering schedule. 

Water your rose regularly until it has become fully established. After this, the plant will need watering in the spring and summer. During warmer weather conditions, your rose will need watering once every day. 

Winter care 

Although Hybrid Tea roses are hardy, they can be less hardy than other varieties so may need some protection in the winter. You can use sacking or a bin liner to provide your rose with some protection until the winter frosts have gone. 

 

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