Desmond Tutu Sunbelt® Floribunda Rose
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Desmond Tutu Sunbelt® Floribunda Rose

This Magnificent Variety is Winning Award After Award

Genus Rosa
Variety 'KORtutu'
ppaf PP 22,828
Zone 5 - 9
Bloom Start to End Late Spring - Late Fall
Habit Compact
Plant Height 3 ft
Plant Width 24 in
Bloom Size 4 in
Petal Count 40
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Review Summary
(Based on 6 Reviews)

5 star rating
Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0


5 star rating
Very Impressed
Sherry Roma from FL wrote on March 25, 2020

Wow! I'm impressed and a little overwhelmed to say nothing of surprised! Today I received my first order from Jackson & Perkins for two red Kordes roses - Florentina CL and Desmond Tutu. I thought they were going to be little 2-qt things but they are these huge bareroots. I'm pretty unfamiliar with bareroots since I always buy potted. These are going to need a DEEP hole! Florentina definitely says it's ownroot, but Tutu says nothing either way. I don't see a graft so I'm assuming it's ownroot, too. I love Kordes roses! Absolutely impeccable disease resistance in hot humid Central Florida and very undemanding. I don't even water or feed the three I have - for years, but they are in a very well amended bed. Now I just have to buy a trellis for Florentina and install it. I'm really excited!

5 star rating
Beautiful Red Rose Just Like Pictures
Louis Hernandez, Jr. from NM wrote on November 05, 2018

Received 2 qt bush about 3 yrs ago. Planted in composted soil and added manure (not too much). Fertilize in spring w/systemic rose food and add fresh bark. My plant has grown more beautiful each season and prolific. Blooms are just like those in pictures and have a light fragrance. Bushes are small so best planted on the outside of a large rose garden which is what I have. Wish I could plant more!

5 star rating
Vigorous, healthy, heat loving red rose
HTaustinTx from TX wrote on August 12, 2018

Vigorous, healthy, green growth that produces plentiful red blooms in hot summers even with over 30 days of 100+F degrees. Some light fragrance. A classic red color that will darken in full sun. It tolerates some shade. A good rose for central and coastal Texas (zones 8b and 9).

5 star rating
Beautiful rose, doing just fine in the south!
Suz1 from GA wrote on August 07, 2018

I planted this rose last fall (2017) and it is now (in August 2018) doing very well. It blooms prolifically and doesn't have much black spot (although it has a little, but not enough to defoliate the rose). The bloom color on this rose is a gorgeous read and the buds have a lovely shape with many petals. I would buy more of these roses if I were looking for a compact size rose.

5 star rating
Pam from NC wrote on July 31, 2018

This is a lovely dark red. It began to bloom several weeks after planting. I bought the whole plant. None of the bare root roses I have bought have ever survived,

Bare root roses are the most common form of roses for spring and early season planting, and come in two types: grafted and own root.

Grafted Bare root Roses
Own root Bare root Roses

Grafted roses, sometimes referred to as budded bare root roses, have roots that belong to a different variety of rose than the shoots. While the shoots will grow into the variety of rose you've selected, the root variety has been specially grown and developed for hardiness, improved resistance to common diseases, and improved resistance to certain weather conditions. The roots on any grafted rose you receive are usually already two years old, so they'll establish in your garden more quickly when planted.

Own root roses are grown from rose shoot cuttings and develop their own root system. Unlike grafted roses, both their roots and shoots come from the same variety of plant.

All Jackson & Perkins bare root roses are maintained in a suspended state of growth in our state-of-the-art wet cooler, so they'll be delivered to you with no foliage or blooms. The wet cooler has a uniform storage temperature set just above freezing and uses a fog system to provide consistent humidity of 100%, ensuring the roses remain fully hydrated and don't exit dormancy before leaving our facility. While you might see some variance in size, even within the same variety of bare root rose, all our roses meet the same rigorous standards of quality.

So, not sure which type of bare root rose you should choose? Don't worry, we've got that covered. We've researched which varieties of bare root roses grow better as grafted or own root, and both types can be planted in the early spring months, so just choose the variety of rose you're most interested in and get planting.

Though you might be surprised or intimidated when you receive a box of bare root roses filled with roots and shoots, rest assured, with the proper care, these little bundles will grow into stunning roses.

Container Roses

Container Roses

Container roses are typically available in 2-quart sizes or larger and come with established foliage that may or may not have blooms. While bare root roses should generally be planted in early spring, container roses allow you quite a bit more flexibility in planting time, from spring all the way through fall in many zones. Fall can be a good season to plant container roses because it allows them enough time to establish themselves before cold or freezing temperatures arrive.

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.

Bareroot Roses

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 Approval

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.

Gold Standard Stamp of Approval

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.

World's Finest Roses

The Jackson and Perkins Difference

Grown in California by the World’s Best Rose Professionals

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.

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