Hybrid tea roses are the showiest of all roses, the flowers being large, available in many colors, with long, elegant stems. The bushes tend to be tall and leggy, usually living for no more than 10 years.
Hybrid teas prefer full sun, at least six hours a day. They are more prone to disease in partial shade and will flower poorly if at all.
Soak the soil deeply at least every two weeks for established roses, every week or more frequently for newly planted ones. Cover the ground with a 3-inch to 4-inch layer of mulch to conserve water. Avoid wetting the leaves as this may promote disease.
Fertilize in early spring, as the shrub is leafing out, again as the first flowers open, and again in mid-July. Spread a 1/4 cup of rose fertilizer, usually 10-10-10, around the main stem, dig in lightly and water. Avoid fertilizing after the end of July as this forces out tender new growth that may freeze in winter.
The best control is in planting only disease-resistant varieties and giving the bushes good air circulation and adequate water. Pesticides and fungicides are available to apply for specific problems, but do not use until you see evidence of attack.
Hybrid teas are tall, rangy shrubs that can grow up to 8 feet tall if left unpruned. In early spring, cut back the previous years growth to two to six buds and remove any crossing or diseased branches.
Tea roses are more tender than many other types and benefit from winter protection in colder areas. Mound leaves, straw or other mulch around the base, wrap the branches with burlap and cover with a tarp during the coldest weather.
- Iowa State University Extension: Summer Care Of Hybrid Tea Roses
- Clemson University Extension: Growing Roses
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Over the past 30 years, Mara Grey has sold plants in nurseries, designed gardens and volunteered as a Master Gardener. She is the author of "The Lazy Gardener" and "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Flower Gardening" and has a Bachelor of Science in botany.