Pope John Paul II Hybrid Tea Rose
Vigorous growth, superior disease resistance, and perfect bloom form!
White blooms with a delightful fresh citrus fragrance.
This elegant rose is the showpiece of the Vatican private garden and will gladly grace yours as well! Among the finest white roses ever, it produces pure, luminous white, lavishly petaled 5-inch blossoms with a delightful fresh citrus fragrance. This exceptional hybrid tea has received top ratings for its powerful scent, vigorous growth, superior disease resistance, and perfect bloom form.
These sparkling blooms unfurl from delightful pointed, ovoid buds, revealing up to 30 clean white petals. They arise in flushes throughout their early summer to late summer season, standing out brilliantly against the background of glossy, dark green, very disease-resistant foliage. The plants themselves reach a mature height of 4½ to 5 feet and a width of 3½ to 4 feet, so they're ideal for a number of situations: beds, borders, cut gardens, even large patio containers.
Plant in well-drained soil in full sun and water regularly, preferably in the morning. A layer of mulch during the summer months helps to retain moisture, keep roots cool, and discourage the growth of weeds. Prune hybrid tea roses to half height or 18-20 inches above the ground in early spring. Remove old canes and dead wood. Cut back canes that cross each other. Gardeners in warmer climates will want to cut the remaining canes by one-third, while those in colder climates will probably need to trim it a bit more.
Bareroot or Container?
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 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.
Container 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.
Container 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 container 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!
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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Another fantastic J&P rose!!
Another favorite of mine - absolutely gorgeous with a more delicate fragrance. Glad I picked this one too!!
Blooms like crazy
First off, this rose smells amazing. One of the best in my garden. Second, it has more blooms than I've ever seen for a young bush. I'll get a dozen new buds at a time. It blooms like a mature plant. Lastly, it has a great color. I live in San Diego and the sun can cook white flowers and brown their edges. This one is a champ and looks great.
Even better than the Pictures!
This is the most creamy white rose I've ever seen. It reminds me of a gardenia. Beautiful blooms and easy to grow.
I bought this rose last year, I leave around Houston, and since the moment it settle up until now (end of the year) it hasn't stop flowering, more that 10 big flowers at the time...
Beautiful & Fragrant
The bare root grew pretty quickly and there were already a few rounds of blooms this year. THe size of the flower gets bigger each round and they're beautiful. It was worth buying this choice and waiting for the blooms. I sure am a fan of this Rose choice.
Hope for the Pope
I purchased this rose from J&P as a potted plant three seasons ago,it was very small and slow to get started. This bush is still not where i would expect it to be, other bushes i purchased that same year are 5-6ft with wide spread and tons of blooms, not this one, it is still small with no spread. The blooms however are wonderfully and the scent will have you sniffing all day long. Last for some time on the bush and in the vase, but its strong scent does dimenish in the vase . this season iam holding out hope for the pope to mature and catch up with its mates. I think i just got a dud bush, it happens. Perhaps i will purchase another and see what it does, until then, im keeping hope alive.
Planted last spring, great growth rate and flowers the first year... this spring it has already doubled in size, I can't wait for blooms to appear!
Most beautiful Rose and fregrance
This was one of my most favorite roses, unfortunatly it died last summer and not able to find a replacement. i have been a satified customer since 1978 enjoying the best quality in product and service since. My daughter now purchases her roses from Jackson Perkins.
I purchased the rose a couple of years back and I felt in love with its color and fragrant. Unfortunately, I lost the plant and now I am looking everywhere to replace it.
Easy as 1-2-3
Anyone can grow roses - all that's needed is a spot with 6 hours of sun a day. Roses are even well suited to container growing, so you don't have the excuse of no garden space!
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What to ExpectIf 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.
Gold Standard Stamp of ApprovalEach 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 ProcessOur 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.
Our Superior Bare Root Rose Growing ProcessOur 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.