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'Hot Chocolate' rose Description
'Hot Cocoa ™ (Floribunda, Carruth, 2002)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Seil
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
164 favorite votes.  
Average rating: GOOD+.  
ARS:
Russet Floribunda.
Registration name: WEKpaltlez
Exhibition name: Hot Cocoa ™
Origin:
Bred by Tom Carruth (United States, 2002).
Introduced in United States by Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower, Inc. in 2003 as 'Hot Cocoa'.
Class:
Floribunda.  Easy-To-Love ™.  
Bloom:
Russet, darker reverse.  Moderate, fruity fragrance.  25 to 30 petals.  Average diameter 3".  Medium to large, full (26-40 petals), cluster-flowered, in small clusters, cupped, ruffled bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Medium, armed with thorns / prickles, bushy, rounded.  Large, glossy, dark green foliage.  
Height of 3' to 6' (90 to 185 cm).  Width of 4½' (135 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 6b and warmer.  Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, cut flower or garden.  Benefits from winter protection in colder climates.  heat tolerant.  rain tolerant.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.  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.  
Patents:
Australia - Patent  on  22 Nov 2004
Application No: 2004/224  on  29 Jul 2004   VIEW PBR PATENT
 
United States - Patent No: PP 15,155  on  21 Sep 2004   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Notes:
Hot Cocoa was christened "Nubya" in Switzerland (June 2002) in honor of lady singer Nubya (b. 1974)