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Pink blend Grandiflora.Registration name: MEIhelvetExhibition name: Sonia
Florists Rose, Grandiflora, Hybrid Tea.
Pink blend. Mild, fruity fragrance. 30 petals. High-centered bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Height of 30" to 4¼' (75 to 130 cm). Width of 2' (60 cm).
USDA zone 7b and warmer. 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. Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) . Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection).
United States - Patent No: PP 3,095 on 4 Apr 1972 VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application on 25 Feb 1970
Inventor: Marie-Louise Meilland
Named for Alain Meilland's daughter...
'Sonia' is the rose which has been the biggest commercial success in the world with about 40 million plants sold.