An American Symbol of Peace and Love

The Coretta Scott King Rose

This elegant rose bush will add so much radiance and beautiful color to your lawn. Reminiscent of a creamsicle treat, long, pointed buds spiral open to reveal creamy white blooms blushed with tropical tones of coral-orange. The upright, bushy plants hold the long-lasting clusters of double blooms high, for all to see, in a continuous display of color and flower power. Her 'wrapper' of deep green is endowed with good disease resistance ensuring it stays clean and attractive all season long. Cool temperatures bring out the best color. 

Flower Size: 4". Fragrance: Moderate tea and spice. Hybridizer: Bedard, 2014.
Height: 3' to 5'
Fragrant? No
Planting Season: Spring
Flower Color: Coral-orange
Petal Count: 25
Foliage Color: Green
Disease Resistant?: Yes

Our Coretta Scott King Rose Planting Tips!


Assuming these are going into an existing bed that has been amended

1.   Dig a hole about twice the width of the pot and 6” deeper.  Retain 1/2 of the soil that was closest to the top and move to the side of hole.

2.   Mix 1/3 mushroom compost into the soil to the side of the hole. You are aiming for 1/3 mushroom compost and 2/3 soil. It does not have to be precise.

3.   Put a 1/2 shovel full of mixed soil in the bottom of the hole.

4.   Gently slip the rose out of the pot making sure the rootball does not fall apart.

5.   Lower the plant into the hole making sure the bud union is 1”-2” deeper than the existing soil level of the bed. The bud union is now where all the canes grow out of. It sits on top of the “stem” above the root system. There is a chance it may already be buried in the pot so if you don’t see it then it is already buried. This is confusing without the plant in front of you, but will be much clearer once you see the plant.

6.   When you have the bud union at the right depth, fill the sides of the hole half way up. Tamp the soil down with your hands.

7.   Continue filling and gently tamping until the hole is full.

8.   Thoroughly water in the rose (1-2 gallons of water per rose) and then add a layer of mulch.

Do not add bone meal or anything else to the hole. Recent studies have shown this isn't needed and in fact, can be counter productive.