Friday, June 20, 2008

Papa Meilland - Worlds Most Fragrant Red Hybrid Tea Rose



In the language of flowers, red hybrid teas have become the ultimate symbol of romantic love. Any man,who wants to declare his love to a woman will bring her some red hybrid teas. Since very few men grow their own roses, he has most often bought them at the florist or at the supermarket. She is going to smell them and be utterly disappointed! But - it is the thought that counts right? Now what if he had given her a dozen red Papa Meilland hybrid tea roses!. Oh man - you are going to sweep her of her feet! Her legs will tremble and she will swoon over the ultimate strong rose scent filling the room she put them in. Many times a day she will smell the flowers and have her nose and cheeks caressed by the velvet red petals. (I bet guys will do the same!).



Papa Meilland was bred by Meilland Roses in France 1963. It is one of the 3 great ultra fragrant red hybrid teas that came from crossing the 2 roses; Chrysler Imperial and Charles Mallerin. (The other 2 are: Oklahoma and Mister Lincoln). All 3 have become among the worlds most popular red hybrid teas, loved for their outstanding fragrance and deep rich velvety red color. Mister Lincoln is probably the easiest to grow, since it is more vigorous than the other 2. But the flowers of Papa Meilland are irresistible. Unlike many other red hybrid teas, this rose does not have what many consider a flaw, a tendency to turn more bluish pink as the flower fades. Papa Meilland stays a deep velvet rich red color, turning deeper burgundy red as the flower ages. And each petal is literally dripping a strong rose perfume, that is out of this world!

It is not a rose I will recommend beginners! (Grow Ingrid Bergmann instead). The rose is very susceptible to fungal diseases especially powdery mildew, and is hard to grow well. It will do best in USDA climate zone 7 or higher, since it is not very hardy, and must be winterprotected in colder climate zones. I do not find it a very good garden plant, so I choose to grow it in rows for cutting in my former vegetable garden - even though I have a few plants around my house too!



In spite of the flaws this rose has, it was inducted in the World Federation of Roses "Hall of Fame" in 1988 chosen by popular vote in the member countries of the World Federation of Rose Societies. A word of warning though before you smell this rose - all other roses´fragrance will be - well not as strong as Papa Meilland, after you have smelled this rose. If you are already addicted, or want to show that special some one, that you really mean it - go for it and grow it!

13 comments:

Karen said...

It is absolutely stunning!

Zoë said...

It is fabulous, like shot silk or velvet, simply scrumptious.

Marie said...

We had a Papa Meilland when my family lived in Bloemfontein, in the old Orange Free State in South Africa, in the 70's and 80's. As a little girl, it was my favourite rose in the rose garden and I have never forgotten its scent or its rich petals. Thank you for reminding me - I am going to find one for my terrace and See What Happens...

Melissa said...

gorgeous! I think that I"ll try the Ingrid Bergmann you recommend though. love your blog. Welcome to blotanical.

Kathryn/plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com said...

What a very rich and pretty rose, Niels! Thank you for sharing.

Shane said...

i have grown this rose in my garden what can i do to promote leaf growth as it has lost lots of leaves. Thanks s

Niels Plougmann said...

Shane - Growing this rose is a challenge even for very experienced rose-growers. It is susceptible to both mildew and blackspot and needs spraying very regularly with systemic fungicides - every 7-10 days in order to look fairly clean - and to keep the leaves. When infected the usually looses all the leaves, but still blooms. If you are against spraying try to grow Ingrid Bergman or Veterans Honor instead. they are much more heatlthy and easy to grow and do not requires as much spraying if any att all. But they are not as fragrant as Papa meilland and the petals not as velvety - It is hard to get it all. A perfect flower of Papa meilland I s to die for and I cherish everyone I get blessed to sniff.

Anonymous said...

I had one... Wonderful velvet and the scent... Not difficult to grow though. Had it been, I wouldn't have hesitated !
I lost it when my dog "unrolling leash" circled around and cut it. We will have another one, though.
As for bugs and mildew, I noticed nothing special. Anyway, you shoudn't use those dirty products, think that insects are extremely useful ti the ecosystem and dreadfully poisonous to humans...
Anyway, rosebushes don't last for ever and can be replaced !
Of the Meilland sort, I too have the remontant Pierre de Ronsard that has no perfume excet the dew scent, however so gorgeous flowers, creamy pale pink/white, delicious !
The Meilland for Tino Rossi (Petit Papa Nöel singer)is absolutely fragrant, too ! Big middle round pink flowers)
Another one I like (so much) is the English "Queen Elisabeth" which has no scent either, but such a pink, blooms much and is almost a climber, here in France.

Sandy said...

I found your blog and supporting comments about this rose very informative and helpful. For Valentine's Day this year my husband gave me a Papa Meillant Rose and a Mr. Lincoln Rose. I have placed them side by side in the garden but may decide to move them while the weather is still quite cool here.

We live in Kalgoorlie Western Australia in the Goldfields. The soil is like red clay and roses just seem to love it and thrive.

I have taken on board your comments regarding spraying the roses with fungicide. I also have two crepuscule roses growing over a garden arch and a standard Angel Face, all three seem susceptible to fungus attacks. So I have purchased a fungicide from the local garden nursery. Do you have a particular brand you recommend?

Also we are in the last month of winter here. Would you recommend a feed of blood and bone or perhaps some seaweed fertiliser? Or wait till closer to spring?

Thanks for helping
Sandy

Anonymous said...

I would love to get a hold of this rose, particularly after reading about the origins of the peace rose. Can anyone point me to wear I could purchase one in NZ?

Anonymous said...

A rose I remember as a child - beautiful deep burgundy velvet petals and an intoxicating fragrance. A beautiful rose - THE rose - THE fragrance - unforgettable.

wepeeler said...

I grow this and it is not as fickle as the author suggests. Spray with Ortho fungal and insect sprays and watch the blossoms bloom from early Summer to Frost. Amazing velvet petals and a fragrance from HEAVEN. Note to all, I had an animal trample the bush back to NOTHING, leaving it for dead. Rose still came back strong :D

Maude said...

I ordered two of the Papa Meiland rose bushes last spring, and they have done very well. I use bayer advanced every 2 weeks which I think is great for protecting it from disease.