'Double Delight ®' rose Description
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Red blend Hybrid Tea.Registration name: ANDeliExhibition name:
Double Delight ®
Red and white, red edges. Strong, spice fragrance. up to 30 petals. Average diameter 5". Very large, very double, high-centered bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Large, matte, medium green foliage.
Height of 3' to 5' (90 to 150 cm). Width of 2' to 5' (60 to 150 cm).
USDA zone 7b through 10b. Can be used for cut flower or garden. Hardy. Disease susceptibility: susceptible to Mildew. Protect tender new spring growth from hard freezes that may cause canker, die-back and death of the plant. . Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom. Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that. Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood.. Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) . Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection).
Breeder John Sheldon provided the following information about this rose: Some roses fade in the sun, some roses darken in the sun, some roses actually change color in the sun. Roses such as 'Elina','Double Delight', 'Headliner', 'Color Magic' and 'Paradise' all show these traits. In my breeding program, I have worked on making them more dramatic and bringing in new genes. And... it was an area of hybridizing that others were ignoring. At on point these traits were seen as faults. 'Double Delight' was almost discarded because it was thought to be just another WHITE rose. Only later were its phototropic characteristics seen when it turned red in the sun.