Hybrid Tea Roses: What Are They & How to Care For Them

Hybrid Tea Roses: What Are They & How to Care For Them


Roses take on a larger sense of importance in society. After all, humanity has been growing and cultivating desirable Rose traits like petal count and fragrance for 5,000 years!

Chinese gardeners developed extensive Rose gardens, while Egyptians traded cut flowers with neighboring Rome. Later, Parisians lined their streets with shops dedicated to herbal extracts for soaps and salves.

One of the oldest forms of cultivated garden Roses is the elegant Hybrid Tea Rose! It’s what most think of when they picture a Rose! Hybrid Teas are one of the most popular of the Garden Rose class, due to their elegant form and large variety of colors!

The Hybrid Tea originated in France in the mid-1800s by crossing heirloom Tea Roses with other varieties for a repeat-flowering, long-stemmed form of Rose. The first Hybrid Tea Rose was found on the grounds of a professional Rose breeder named Jean-Baptiste Guilliot. It's believed to be a chance seedling cross between a Hybrid Perpetual 'Mme. Victor Verdier', and a Tea Rose 'Mme. Bravy'.

Hybrid Teas became their own class of Roses in 1879, when British Rose breeder, Henry Bennett, introduced ten "Pedigree Hybrids of the Tea Rose" in Stapleford, Wiltshire.

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And the Hybrid Tea Rose has been a garden standard ever since!

  • Wide Range of Colors
  • High Centered Blooms With Pointed Buds
  • Typically A Large Single Bloom Atop Each Long Stem Sometimes Has Side Buds
  • Usually Fragrant & Double Petalled (Or More!)
  • Grafted Via Budding For Hardiness & On Disease-Resistant RootStock

Hybrid Tea Roses generally produce a single, flawless flower at the end of a long stem, but usually produce repeat flushes of blooms throughout the season. This welcome trait is inherited from their Tea Rose parentage. They also inherited their large flower size and hardiness from their Hybrid Perpetual parents, producing large, fragrant flowers 4 to 6 inches in diameter.

Each dynamic cultivar also produces a large number of petals, referred to as a high-petal count. The tightly held buds with raised centers, open into beautiful, full flowers with sculpted petals.

Hybrid Tea Roses Have It All!

Peace Hybrid Tea RoseFragrance, rebloom, and diverse colors! Modern-era Hybrid Tea Roses were made famous with the introduction of the beloved, multi-hued Peace Rose. This incredible story of a heroic rescue from the ravages of WWII still stirs the soul. The Firefighter® Hybrid Tea Rose was selected to be the first sponsorship Rose of the 'Remember Me' garden fund to support the victims and honor our heroes of the attacks of 9/11.

Notoriety for Hybrid Tea Roses has also been enhanced by the practice of naming Rose plants 

after famous people. In addition to the Amelia Earhart Hybrid Rose plant, you’ll find Roses named after Betty White, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dolly Parton, Princess Diana, and other flamboyant personalities! Nature Hills carries the Barbra Streisand, the deep-red Mister Lincoln, Pope John Paul II, Ingrid Bergman, the yellow Henry Fonda, and the Princesse Charlene de Monaco.

It’s no wonder why fragrant Hybrid Tea Roses are the most popular type of Rose around the world.

Nature Hills Favorite Hybrid Tea Roses By Color

Today's growers are on the hunt for the best overall Hybrid Tea Rose possible! That means a Hybrid Rose with the most fragrance, the best form, the best coloring, and ease of care. Deep tones such as purples, bicolor blooms, repeat blooming, and vigorous nature are the new standard for these outstanding plants!

Check out a few of our favorite examples based on their saturated color:

  • Blue Hybrid Tea Roses

Hybrid Tea Rose ColorsKeep things cool and calm with Blue Girl® Hybrid Tea Roses. They feature color-changing silvery lavender blue, high-centered blooms, and a marvelous scent. Plus there is the barely-blue, silvery Stainless Steel™ Hybrid Tea Rose that looks like it thought about becoming blue!

Star power comes along with sultry mauve petals in Barbra Streisand Hybrid Tea Rose. This delightfully fragrant offering is a crowd favorite. Perfume Factory™ Hybrid Tea Rose and Fragrant Plum Hybrid Tea Rose are among the most fragrant!

Stop your garden visitors in their tracks with the blooming charms of Chrysler Imperial Hybrid Tea Roses. Velvety, crimson-red petals, and a lush Damask Rose scent make this a top choice. The Smokin' Hot Hybrid Tea Rose features white on the reverse of velvety red petals, and has a wide growing zone range of 4 to 10!

Pink is both pretty and powerful. Lavish fully double, cup-shaped blooms adorn Beverly™ Eleganza® Hybrid Tea Rose...which was named Best Hybrid Tea and Most Fragrant Rose at the Biltmore International Rose Trials. The magenta-pink Pretty Lady™ Hybrid Tea Rose is available in a shrub form and elegant Rose Tree Form too! Or choose the quartered Sweet Mademoiselle™ Hybrid Tea Rose for an extravagant option!

In your face orange, the True Passion™ Hybrid Tea Rose is a high petal count, red-stemmed Tea that is free-flowering and blooms from late spring til the first frost! Rio Samba™ Hybrid Tea Rose is a bold yellow/orange combo for a powerful impact on hot growing zones!

  • Peach Hybrid Tea Roses

Grouped with orange Hybrid Teas, the range of apricot, salmon, and peachy hues of Hybrid Teas shouldn’t be overlooked! The soft apricot blooms of Just Joey Hybrid Tea Rose seem to glow from within! This easy-care Rose is the winner of multiple horticultural awards! The creamy apricot Brandy Hybrid Tea Rose is another favorite! The dark salmony Fragrant Cloud Hybrid Tea Rose will add an incredible scent to the already gorgeous mix!

Bold Midas Touch Rose blooms add a thrilling pop of rich, saturated color. Yellow is a happy color, and this All American Rose Society's (AARS) award-winner really delivers! The intense golden yellow of Good As Gold™ Hybrid Tea Rose will wake up a tired garden, and the buttery soft Chantilly Cream™ Hybrid Tea Rose adds a soothing touch!

Impeccable, clean, and bridal bud and flower forms are the hallmarks of white Roses! Try the fully double Pope John Paul II Rose with 45 petals per bloom, or the luminous Honor™ Hybrid Tea Rose that is equally honored with AARS awards for its pure white blooms.

Plus there are many mixed-color Roses that bring in the best of both (or thrice!) worlds!

Care Tips for Hybrid Tea Roses

Lavish your love on your Hybrid Tea Rose bushes! Their effervescent charm and beauty more than compensate for their nominal care needs!

  • Full sun
  • Enriched soil
  • Great drainage
  • Regular moisture access

Provide consistent water and regular applications of Rose food. Conduct proper hygiene by picking up and disposing of leaf litter, and always use sanitized pruners.

Apply a 3-4 inch deep layer of mulch around the base of your plant. This not only stops moisture loss from the sun and heat but also insulates the roots. Mulch also keeps soil from splashing onto the leaves, thereby preventing soil-borne disease, fungi, and powdery mildew from your plant.

Whether grafted or grown on their own root, in the colder USDA hardiness zone 7 and lower you should do a bit more to prepare your Rose for winter. Mound the plants with a foot of clean mulch in late fall each year as soon as the foliage has died back and fallen away. Ensuring you have first removed as many fallen leaves, so any lingering problems aren’t trapped with the plant over the winter.

In spring, pull the mulch back and then prune the tops down to 8-12 inches each year for excellent success. Plants may get much taller in warmer climates where the growing season is longer so it is important to trim them in early spring each year. 

Prune Roses in the spring, just as you see new buds appearing. Stems should be cut back to within one-quarter inch of an outside bud. This will help to encourage the Rose bush to grow outwards, instead of inwards. Deadhead Roses throughout the growing season, snipping back to a part of the stem with foliage that has 5 leaflets instead of three. New blooms will quickly grow to take their place!

Enjoy Hybrid Tea Roses In Your Landscape!

Treat yourself to a Hybrid Tea Rose or an entire collection for you and your garden this year! They are sure to give back by supplying you with plenty of color, fragrance, and armloads to enjoy as gorgeous cut blooms indoors! Elevate your sunny spaces with your favorite hues!

Show off your homegrown blooms to decorate your tablescapes. You'll want to splurge on a collection of bud vases. All Hybrid Tea Roses are fragrant repeat bloomers! Include a long portion of their sturdy Rose stems and dark green, glossy foliage in your arrangements.

You will want to place your new prized Rose front and center on a raised berm in your front yard, or give one the place of honor in your Cottage garden and Rose Garden! Consider adding a place to sit with a friend to enjoy the sight and scent of your Hybrid Tea Rose collection!

Hybrid Tea Roses make excellent focal points in oversized outdoor containers. Try decorating your balcony with an incredible matched trio of Rose bushes that carry fragrance and designer style everywhere they go. They make a wonderful display in the garden or your patio, porch, or deck. Must haves around the pool and your seating areas in the sun, a Hybrid Tea will set the stage for chats around a bistro table or fire pit!

With names like Peace, Honor™, and Memorial Day™, any garden dedicated to the memory of a lost loved one will hold lasting significance. Hybrid Tea Roses like Lasting Love®, Falling in Love™, Love at First Sight™, and Pretty Lady™, we are sure a special someone in your life will adore receiving one of these flowering shrubs! The cost is less than a typical dozen Roses at a florist, only now your loved one can enjoy blooms year after year!

Bring Happiness With Hybrid Tea Rose Bushes!

The iconic and classic appeal of the exquisite Hybrid Tea Rose, plus the astonishing selection available at Nature Hills Nursery, is enough to create as many fashionable displays in your landscape as you wish!

When we say fashionable, we mean it! Rose breeders continuously develop new colors, shapes, and sizes, and we spend years meticulously caring for our Hybrid Tea Roses before we place them for sale. That means you can buy healthy Rose bushes with mature root systems online for a faster impact on your landscape!

We offer one of the most extensive online collections of dazzling Hybrid Tea Roses for sale, and we frequently sell out of the most popular Tea Rose varieties. Elevate your landscape with Hybrid Tea Roses from NatureHills.com today!

Happy Planting!

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