Exhibition name: John F. Kennedy

I bought this rose at Menards for just $1.99 two years ago. It was in one of those giant bins with 1000 other roses. All beat up and looking hopeless…now it is one of my favorites in the garden. Japanese beetles seem to be it’s only predator. The only tried and true method for ridding (or at least controlling the little pests) is to pick them of in the cool morning hours and drown them in soapy water. It will reduce the number of other beetles throughout the day. Research has shown that light-colored flowers attract five times as many beetles as darker varieties of roses.  Do NOT use beetle traps! The traps attract even more beetles to the area and only catch a small percentage.
Origin:
Bred by Eugene S. “Gene” Boerner (United States, 1965). Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. as ‘John F. Kennedy’.
Class:
Hybrid Tea.
Bloom:
 Strong fragrance.  48 petals.  Average diameter 5.5″.  Double (17-25 petals), full (26-40 petals) bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Habit:
Height of 3′  to 5′  (90 to 150 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 7b and warmer.  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.  Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary – Spring freeze protection) .  Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection). John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th president of the United States, was born on 29 May 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He died on 22 November 1963 in Dallas, Texas.
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