Sub Zero Yellow Rose
If you have been longing for a cold hardy Hybrid Tea rose, the Victory rose, syn. V For Victory, is just the plant you want. Victory roses are hardy down to 15 degrees below 0.
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They may be hardy down to -30 with protection but, if you've have done much reading on this website, you know that I do not advise planting roses that require winter protection in your zone.
I think trying to nurse a rose through winters which are too cold for it will ultimately prove to be a losing battle.
What will sometimes work is taking a cutting of the purchased plant and growing it on its own roots. Most Hybrid Tea varieties will not perform well on their own roots (that's why they are almost always grafted) but there are exceptions to this, the Tropicana rose, for instance.
In most climates, it isn't worth experimenting to see which HTs can and cannot grow on their own root systems but, if you want to grow these mostly tender varieties in zones 2-4, it may be.
Victory was hybridized by Dr. Walter Brownell of Rhode Island. Brownell was the head of a family of rose breeders whose focus was on improving the vigor and hardiness of Hybrid Tea roses. His ultimate goal was to produce a race of long-lived, disease free HTs which would grow larger and more floriferous each year.
All of this was accomplished in the rose Victory.
Dr. Brownell advised that his Sub-Zero roses should be planted with the graft union buried several inches below ground for greatest hardiness and longevity.
V For Victory produces double yellow fade resistant roses almost continuously from spring through fall. This rose is as heat tolerant as it is cold tolerant and will bloom right through the heat of summer.
Like many of the Brownell roses, Victory's flowers take on the look of an old garden rose once they open fully. They are also heavily fragrant, smelling deliciously of fruit and spice.
Space plants 3 feet apart and expect them to grow to 3 feet in height the first year. Victory roses will slowly climb to 6 feet by their 4th growing season, producing more and more blooms each year as they increase in size.
The medium green foliage is extraordinarily disease resistant and unlikely to ever need spraying.
If you want armloads of fragrant, yellow roses for cutting and garden display, plant a Victory rose this spring.
Hardy from Maine to Florida (USDA zones 3-10).
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