John F. Kennedy Hybrid Tea Rose

Bareroot Grafted
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A Tribute of Timeless Grace

The amazingly generous, white double blooms carrying a delicious licorice aroma create an intoxicating environment filled with hope and peace. From the magnificent purity of the color and theprecise complexity of the assemblage of as many as 50 petals in each flower, John F. Kennedy captures the essence of the beloved former U.S. president.

Garnering popularity with its grand blooms of as much as 6 inches, this popular hybrid tea rose is an ideal headliner in your sunny garden, commanding attention with stunning flushes throughout the season.Then take them into your home, where their intoxicating aroma can transform a room.

The distinctive, greenish buds open into blossoms throughout the season. Appealing in every season, the medium-green shrub grows from 3 to 5 feet high and 3 to 4 feet wide.The dark foliage forms a beautiful backdrop for the striking flowers, which blend well in the garden with every color and form.

Strong enough to stand up to summer heat, John F. Kennedy requires pruning in the spring, to either 18 to 20 inches off the ground or half its height. Old canes, dead wood should be removed. Canes that cross should be cut backs. Remaining canes should be trimmed one-third in winter, and more in colder climates.

Beautiful, exquisite and awe-inspiring, John F. Kennedy will light up gardens, patio containers, vases and bouquets.


Skip Product Specs
Genus Rosa
Species Hybrid
Item Form Bareroot Grafted
Zone 7 - 10
Bloom Start to End Late Spring - Late Fall
Habit Upright
Plant Height 3 ft - 5 ft
Plant Width 3 ft - 4 ft
Bloom Size 5 in - 6 in
Petal Count 50
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Free Bloomer, Pruning Recommended, Repeat Bloomer
Bloom Color White
Bud Shape Long, Ovoid, Pointed
Flower Shape High-centered
Foliage Color Medium Green
Fragrance Licorice, Strong
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Cut Flowers, Landscapes
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands

Product Review Summary

Based on 7 reviews
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

April 12, 2020

JFK Peace Rose

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I wish I could tell you that I like this rose, however all the roses I purchased are growing. this one has failed to show any buds and I believe it is dead. When purchased the stems appeared to have some green and I had some hope for it. However, that hope has been misplaced.

Larry Johns from MD
August 12, 2019

So far so good

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I bought it late, planted in June. Got the first bloom today. Just beautiful and several more coming. This one did have a rather short stem in a group of 3 which I thought a hybrid tea should not do. But the aroma took me right back to my grandmother's backyard in the 1960's.

Sue from PA
August 12, 2019

So far so good

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I bought it late, planted in June. Got the first bloom today. Just beautiful and several more coming. This one did have a rather short stem in a group of 3 which I thought a hybrid tea should not do. But the aroma took me right back to my grandmother's backyard in the 1960's.

Sue from PA
June 01, 2019

Beautiful Rose

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I bought and planted this JFK rose in March this year. I had one flower in April, but right now it is June 1 and I have 5 buds on the plant today. Anxious for them to bloom. It has been hot, 85+, and dry for the last month. All I have done is watered every other day and sprinkle a little Scott's continuous feed rose food after I planted it. I am very pleased with this purchase!

Jim from FL
June 18, 2015

Beautiful and fragrant!

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

My grandfather, Bert (Hubert) Shawcross, was featured in the newspaper as one of the horticulturists involved with the John F. Kennedy Rose at Jackson & Perkins in Newark, NY before they moved west. When I was a little girl we lived across the street from the greenhouses where he worked each day and I would often visit him after school. The scents and the colors of the roses were truly amazing. My grandmother made the costumes for the "Rose Princess and her Court" for the annual Rose Parade in Newark, which always ended at the formal rose gardens, which were stunning. Great memories.

Joan Shawcross Brooks from NY

Choosing Your Roses

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.

Jackson and Perkins One Year Roses

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

Jackson and Perkins 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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