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'Top Contender' rose Description
'Top Contender' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Two Sisters Roses
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
Welcon
HMF Ratings:
13 favorite votes.  
ARS:
Deep yellow Mini-Flora.
Registration name: Welcon
Exhibition name: Top Contender
Origin:
Discovered by Verlie W., Jr. Wells (United States).
Introduced in United States by Wells Mid-South Roses in 2006 as 'Top Contender'.
Class:
Mini-Flora.  
Bloom:
Golden-yellow.  None / no fragrance.  24 to 36 petals.  Average diameter 2.5".  Large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, exhibition, high-centered, pinpoint centers bloom form.  Prolific, blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Large buds.  
Habit:
Medium, bushy, upright, well-branched.  Medium, matte, medium green foliage.  
Height of 2' to 3' (60 to 90 cm).  Width of 2' to 3' (60 to 90 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 6b through 10b.  Can be used for container rose, cut flower, exhibition, garden or specimen.  Hardy.  benefits from winter protection in colder climates.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant, blackspot resistant, mildew resistant, rust 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.  Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .  Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection).  
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