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'Sonia' rose References
Website/Catalog  (4 Jan 1999)  Page(s) 38.  Includes photo(s).
 
Sonia ('Sweet Promise') Meilland... One of the most widely grown of the florist's Roses and great for gardens, too...
Book  (Dec 1998)  Page(s) 556.  Includes photo(s).
 
Sonia Description... This is probably the most popular greenhouse rose in the world. It bears salmon-pink flowers that are suffused with coral to yellow... 'Sonia' was one of the top money earners for the House of Meilland...
Book  (Sep 1993)  Page(s) 247.  
 
Until the mid 1960s, if you bought a bunch of pink roses at Covent Garden, the chances are that it would have been 'Lady Sylvia'. Today it will be 'Sonia'...
Book  (Apr 1993)  Page(s) 561.  
 
Grandiflora, pink blend, 1974, (MEIhelvet; 'Sonia Meilland'; 'Sweet Promise'); 'Zambra' x ('Baccará' x 'White Knight'); Meilland; C-P. Bud long; flowers pink suffused coral to yellow, double (30 petals), high-centered, large (4-4 1/2 in.); very fragrant (fruity); foliage glossy, dark, leathery.
Book  (Feb 1993)  Page(s) 212.  Includes photo(s).
 
Sonia Large-flowered hybrid tea. Parentage: 'Zambra' x ('Baccarà' x 'Message'). (aka 'Sweet Promise', 'Sonia Meilland', MEIhelvet) France 1976. Description and cultivation... flowers: light pink... a very good glasshouse variety...
Book  (May 1992)  Page(s) 404.  Includes photo(s).
 
Sonia ('Sweet Promise', 'Sonia Meilland', Meihelvet) Hybrid Tea. Meilland (France) 1974... Soft silky-salmon blooms...
Book  (1988)  Page(s) 140-141.  Includes photo(s).
 
Sonia Classed as a Floribunda. Description... Good under glass...
Book  (1987)  Page(s) 151.  
 
Dr. A. S. Thomas, Roses In The Cut-Flower Trade. 
Ninety per cent of the roses sold in the cut-flower trade are of patented cultivars, It is estimated that 200 million plants of those roses are grown world-wide, Two thirds of the blooms are produced in Europe in 3,000 hectares of glass-houses and polyhouses. At least 20 million of the bushes in these houses are replaced, on average, each year. Almost 5,000 million cut rose blooms are sold each year by florists in the E.E.C. Most of the cultivars grown for the purpose come from Meilland and Kordes. 'Sonia Meilland' retains its popularity as the rose with by far the biggest sales world-wide. Until 1974 'Baccara' held this distinction. Nowadays 'Visaholds second place but only 15 million plants of it are sold annually as against about 40 million of 'Sonia Meilland'.
Book  (Apr 1984)  Page(s) 146.  
 
Sonia Meilland 1970... china pink
Book  (1980)  
 
Dr. A. S. Thomas.  Rosae et Cetera.  
p21.  'Bingo' and Sonia are grown in greatest numbers in Israel for the cutflower trade at present.  

p23.  In Morocco....hotel decorations consist almost wholly, everywhere, of Sonia brought from Southern France. 

p24.  Roses on sale in London are almost wholly Sonia, 'Bingo' and 'Minuette'.  Even in  the summer they are all from "glasshouses" - young, tight blooms.  They and the foliage are free from damage.  They retail at about 90cents (Australian) a bloom even from street barrows, in the summer when roses are blooming in home gardens. 

p25.  At least two thirds of the roses in the beautiful florists shops and stalls in Paris and the provincial cities were Sonia.  They were sold at $2 to $2.40 (Australian) a bloom in early September when roses were still in flower out of doors.  The blooms were young, tight uniform and smell but in perfect condition - typical "glasshouse" productions. 

p25. We saw few roses in historic Avignon.  They were all in shops and all were Sonia and 'Visa' and 'Bingo' 
p27.  [In Switzerland]  Sonia (glasshouse grown) dominated the beautiful flower shops and street stalls along with a few 'Visa'.  The minimum price was about $1.80 (Australian) for each young flower.  In the millions of roses sent to Aalsmere by Israel, Sonia predominates, of course, followed by 'Bingo', 'Visa', 'Minuette' and 'Korgold'. 
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