Mister Lincoln Hybrid Tea Rose

This Exceptional Rose Won AARS Honors in 1965!

Free Flowering, Very Fragrant, and Highly Adaptable, Even to Heat!

Buy 3+ at $24.95 ea
Buy 5+ at $22.95 ea
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'Mister Lincoln'
5 - 10
Bloom Start To End
Early Summer - Mid Fall
Plant Height
4 ft - 8 ft
Plant Width
24 in - 3 ft
Bloom Size
4 in - 6 in
Additional Characteristics
Flower, Fragrance
Bloom Color
Bud Shape
Foliage Color
Dark Green, Leathery
Melon, Strong
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Soil Tolerance
Normal, loamy
Beds, Cut Flowers, Ornamental, Outdoor
*Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Bareroot vs. 2-Quart

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Have you browsed through your favorite gardening catalog or website looking for the newest roses to plant in your garden and wondered whether it would be best to choose bareroot roses or those in nursery pots? Or does it matter? If you’re like most rose gardeners, this question has come up at one point or another. And we want to help you find the answer as to what’s the best for you and your garden.

Bareroot Roses


Bareroot roses are an inexpensive and easy option for early-season planting. In fact, late winter is the best time to plant. Bareroot roses meet the highest industry standards. They arrive dormant, which makes them ideal for planting. The roots get to acclimate to native soil, as opposed to the packaged soil. And of course, since they aren't in soil when you get them, there’s no mess to contend with.

Bareroot roses may look dead, with their brown roots and dormant stem, but plants that arrive this way actually have the advantage of being able to focus their energies on strong root development rather than having to support an extensive growth of leaves during planting, which is very stressful.

You can plant your bareroot roses earlier in the growing season as well, since there aren't any leaves to get nipped back by frost. They can typically be planted as early as six weeks before your area’s last frost date in the spring. Since they don’t have to provide water to leaves or flowers, they usually establish quickly.


2-Quart roses should typically be planted in late spring and fall. They’re easy to plant (all you need is a trowel), and they provide instant gratification, as they aren't dormant and will have buds within a few short weeks, if they don’t when they arrive. They’re also perfect for transplanting into decorative containers and make an attractive gift.

2-Quart roses are usually nicely leafed out, and may even have flowers on them, which is a great way for you to know when you purchase them what they’re going to look and smell like. As you can see, there are advantages to both bareroot or 2-Quart roses, so whichever you decide is the best for your garden, we feel certain you’ll become a lifelong rose lover, if you aren't already!

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Love my Mr Lincolns!
Elly from TX wrote (March 03, 2016):
I originally came across Mr Lincoln roses in my husband's Grandmother's yard. They were so so beautiful and sweet smelling. They had been planted there before my husband was born, by his grandfather. They were an anniversary gift to his grandmother in the early 70's. I remember being able to smell them as soon as we turned onto their road. We didn't always get to visit, because I was in the Army and moved around a lot, but we always stopped to smell the roses when we did. The large blooms are a true bright red, and the smell, as I have mentioned, is so sweet and it just smells so good! We found out that his grandfather had originally ordered them from J&P, so we ordered them here as well. We have been planting them at every house that we have lived in since. Now I am retired, and we are in our own home... So, I ordered about 15 more to plant for own enjoyment. My husband's Grandparents have long since passed away, and the the fragrant aroma of the Mr Lincoln's takes him back to his Grandparents house. It's really is the simple things in life that are the most important. The sights and smells can transport you back in time. Now my husband and I have our own kids, and we have told them to always take time to smell the roses, or life will pass you by without a thought. Now my youngest son always smells the flowers in the stores, people's gardens, and our yard. I love to watch his little face (and other people's as they watch him) when he opens up the rose case at the flower shop, and inhales deeply. If nothing else, I am passing his great grandfather's love for roses down from his daddy to him. Like I always say, life is never too busy to stop and smell the roses. If you don't, it just might pass you by.
Mr. Lincoln
Ina Harasha from AZ wrote (February 16, 2016):
We planted a Mr. Lincoln rose probably 29 years ago in Tucson, AZ, and it is still blooming. The plant doesn't look to great as it is "old" but the flowers are beautiful and smell so nice.
Mr. Lincoln Rose
Juliette Langlinais from LA wrote (February 02, 2016):
It is brilliant red.
Fantastic color and fragrance!!
Joy from WV wrote (October 16, 2014):
So far, this is my favorite rose of the four I purchased from J & P!! Deep, beautiful red color and the fragrance is so wonderful!! Couldn't have asked for a better rose!!
One of the Truly Great Red Roses Ever
John from AR wrote (April 26, 2014):
I have had my Mr. Lincoln rose for 3 years now. I have it planted on the east side of the house which means it is shaded for about half the day. I really didn't prepare the soil in the bed (a new flower bed) all that much but Mr. L. took off from the start. It produces impressive canes (last year one topped 6 feet) and beautifully-formed deep red flowers. This year it's already producing more canes than last year and the buds are plumping so I should be enjoying roses very soon. I wasn't able to get out and care for it much last summer but it seemed to avoid black spot and mildew (a big deal here in humid south Arkansas). If you love red hybrid teas, this should be at the top of your list!
THE rose of roses
John Brewer from OR wrote (February 24, 2014):
I bought one of these in the early seventys I believe. The first rose on this bush was a rose show winner for sure. It was quite large foe this rose. Saucer size at least. It was perfect to the very last petal. I cut it and my wife and myself enjoyed it for a week. We were going on vacation for a week so we gave it to a dear friend to enjoy A week after we returned home he returned it. It was still awsome. We enjoyed it for almost another week befor we had to discard it. I am 71 now and have never seen another rose as great as that one. I did enjoy many years of these most fragrent of roses. Close your eyes and smell this rose and you will know exactly what a rose should smell like. Unforetunately the deer loved them as well as I did. They won the battle but not the war. I am going to order a couple of more of these and do battle again.I am allso going to order a couple of Double Delights. My second favorite rose in the world. I will revue these as well. I have a guard cat now that will put the fear in.
susceptible to mildew and white fly
Rose Weiss from OR wrote (February 05, 2014):
This rose was planted about 10 years ago by the previous owner of our home. The flowers are very lovely, but the bush is far more susceptible to problems than any of our other rose varieties. We live in a moist climate (coastal Oregon) and no doubt that contributes to its problems. Often this plant will have white fly when other near-by roses, such as Sun Flare, won't have them.
Just Buy It!
Nancy E from CA wrote (March 24, 2013):
Mr. Linkie, as my little daughter calls it, is the epitome of a rose. The fragrance is what you imagine a rose should smell. The color is intense and slowly turns almost burgundy red as the blooms age. Blossoms are huge and full. The bush is easy to grow and nicely leafed. If you have room for only one rose, this is your choice.
LYN FILS from FL wrote (August 13, 2012):

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California provides one of the finest rose-growing environments in the world. All of our roses are grown in soil that is tested and analyzed to ensure they are grown with the exact level of essential nutrients needed. The proper amounts of fertilizer, water, and nutrients are then added to the roses during their active growth cycle by our experienced rose growers.

Each rose is hand selected and prepared by seasoned professional rose growers. Our experienced growers are continually evaluating and testing the roses in the fields to ensure maximum rose health.

All of this tender loving care under the generous California sun results in a young but vigorously growing rose plant with a root system that is ready for fast blooming in your rose garden.

Exclusive and Superior Rose Breeding Process

Jackson and Perkins exclusive rose varieties have been bred to exhibit the most preferred rose characteristics for rose gardeners. It takes many years to develop a single rose variety, and our rose breeders have painstakingly evaluated, tested, and grown superior new genetic features into these new rose varieties for introduction.

The healthy rose plant canes are now hand groomed for the customers' garden presentation. The roses are then harvested at the perfect time in preparation for shipping and customer planting. All of these steps, from rose research, planting, budding, growing, harvesting and storing, are essential to ensure you receive a healthy, vigorous Jackson & Perkins rose plant, the WORLD’S FINEST ROSE.

What to Expect
If this is the first time your are planting a bare root rose, you may be surprised by their brown roots and dormant stem. However, bare root roses provide the easiest and fastest way of planting roses without the concern of transplant shock.

Bare root roses may appear to be dead upon arrival, but the plants actually have the advantage of being able to focus their energies on strong root development rather than having to support an extensive and stressful growth of leaves right after planting.

Bare root roses are the best option for early-season planting. In fact, late winter is the best time to plant. Our bare root roses are fully established plants that meet the highest industry standards. They arrive dormant, which makes them ideal for planting. The roots get to acclimate to native soil, as opposed to the packaged soil. Of course, since they are not in soil when you get them, there's no mess to contend with.

You can plant your bare root roses earlier in the growing season, since there are no leaves to get nipped back by frost. They can typically be planted as early as six weeks before your area's last frost date in the spring and no later than two weeks after that average date. Since they don't have to provide water to leaves or flowers, they usually establish faster than those that arrive in containers.

Due to the nature of plants and the fact that some are younger than others, there will be some variance in the size of our bareroot roses. However, they have all gone through the same quality inspections in order to make sure they meet the high standards we expect from all of our roses.

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Each Jackson and Perkins rose is individually inspected and graded to meet our standards for shape, viability, fragrance, and disease resistance.
Jackson and Perkins Exclusive Preservation Process
Our roses are maintained in a suspended state of growth utilizing a state-of-the-art wet cooler. By providing a uniform storage temperature just above freezing and employing a fog system to provide a consistent humidity of 100%, we are able to ensure that each of our roses remains fully hydrated and does not come out of its dormancy before leaving our facility. Bare root roses ordered elsewhere often arrive dry and shriveled. Through our exclusive preservation process, Jackson and Perkins is able to provide a fully hydrated premium bare root rose. Prior to entering the shipping container, we carefully wrap the root system to preserve the moisture and to provide a top-quality rose that is in optimal planting condition.

World's Finest Roses
Our Superior Bare Root Rose Growing Process
Our roses are hand budded by professional rose budders to ensure you receive a true-to-variety quality rose. This takes a special skill. These professional hand budders make sure the bud union lives and the rose plant becomes the premium Jackson and Perkins rose variety desired.

At the end of the rose growth cycle, when the rose plant has hardened off and is ready to be harvested, the roses are hand selected according to our top-quality Jackson and Perkins rose standards.