John F. Kennedy Hybrid Rose

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 3 - 4 Feet
  • Mature Spread 2 - 3 Feet
  • Growing Zones 5 - 8
  • Use As A Thriller In Containers

Named for the former 35th U.S. President, this gorgeous hybrid tea rose is known for being incredibly dependable and producing beautiful flowers that are perfect for cutting. John F. Kennedy Hybrid Rose will brighten up any space with bountiful double-bloom flowers featuring 40-50 elegant, creamy-white petals against lush, medium-to-dark-green foliage. When the blooms are young, they have a distinctive greenish color that sets them apart from other tea roses. This rose will remind you of nostalgic summers outdoors and nature's sweet, fragrant air. 

Hardy in zones 5-8, this rose will fill your garden with its robust and refreshing scent reminiscent of licorice. In addition, it is incredibly disease resistant. No need to worry about any potential summer heat waves; this rose is particularly heat resistant and strong. You can plant this hybrid in a container, garden bed, border, and flowering hedge! The blooms, foliage, and form make for a stunning mass planting opportunity if you have the space for it. A first-year bloomer, this rose blooms from late spring to late fall but does exceptionally well when night temperatures are consistently warm! These temperatures give the buds the best environment to open up and flower. 

John F. Kennedy Hybrid Rose Care

Plant this rose in an area with full sun and rich, well-draining soil—roses prefer a soil pH of 5.6 to 6.5. Newly established roses need plenty of water; watch for signs of wilting on the leaves and water as soon as you see symptoms. Try to water them as early in the day as possible to reduce evaporation. Morning is also when roses can show temporary wilting symptoms that will disappear by the following day during scorching temperatures. Established roses require less frequent watering. Soak the roots thoroughly when the plant shows signs of wilting; these deep soaks will promote deeper root formation. Fertilize this rose once in the spring when all chance of frost has passed. Water first, and then fertilize with a dry rose fertilizer applied to the area from the base of the trunk to the end of the branches. 

In the spring, remove all dead, diseased, and crossing canes. In the winter, prune back about one-third of the canes, except in colder climates, where you should prune back up to two-thirds. If you want to propagate this rose, take cuttings of the hardwood areas in the autumn or use the chip budding method in the summer. 

John F. Kennedy Hybrid Rose Spacing

This rose can reach a height of 3-4 feet and a spread of 2-3 feet. Space plants approximately 2.5 feet apart to create a uniform hedge or screen. Make sure to plant it in full sun to achieve maximum growth!

John F. Kennedy Hybrid Rose Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 8
Plant Type: Bushes
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 3 - 4 Feet
Mature Spread: 2 - 3 Feet
Spacing: 2 - 3 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Description:
Bloom Period:
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Dark Green
Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering, Summer Flowering, Fall Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer, Rabbit, Disease
Tolerates: Heat
Attracts: Butterflies
Container Role: Thriller
Uses: Borders, Containers, Hedges & Privacy, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Low Maintenance
Common Name: John F. Kennedy Hybrid Rose
Other Name(s):
Scientific Name: Rosa 'John F. Kennedy

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

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