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!