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'Sonia' rose Description
'Sonia (hybrid tea, Meilland 1974)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Cliff's High Desert Garden Archival Dec, 2011 last updated 101812
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
91 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
Pink blend Grandiflora.
Registration name: MEIhelvet
Exhibition name: Sonia
Origin:
Bred by Marie-Louise (Louisette) Meilland (France, 1970).
Class:
Florists Rose, Grandiflora, Hybrid Tea.  
Bloom:
Pink blend.  Mild, fruity fragrance.  30 petals.  High-centered bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Height of 30" to 4¼' (75 to 130 cm).  Width of 2' (60 cm).
Growing:
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).  
Patents:
United States - Patent No: PP 3,095  on  4 Apr 1972   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application  on  25 Feb 1970
Inventor: Marie-Louise Meilland
Notes:
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.