Francis Meilland: Ryan's Favorite Rose

Grace Rose Farm

August 18, 2020

Our most loved rose is blooming again! Francis Meilland is hands down the one rose we cannot grow enough of. This year we are cutting every single stem from our 2,000 plants and are currently removing other varieties so we can plant more of this gorgeous rose! 

Francis Meilland is Ryan’s favorite rose and I’m so thankful I chose it back in 2015 as one I wanted to collect for our farm. None of our roses compare to Francis, and I’ve heard this from multiple clients. The best part of this rose, to me, is that it’s enormous. Our plants are easily 7’ tall by summer and that means tons of gorgeous stems to cut. The only negative about this rose is that it definitely has defined flushes. So Francis is either totally on or totally off in the fields. Many of our roses will bloom continuously, but Francis Meilland flushes huge and all at once. It’s a beautiful sight to see if you can leave your blooms on the plants to open! We cut all of ours as soon as the sepals drop, so don't miss out on Francis’ magnificent flush.

A background... In 2015 I identified this rose as one I knew I wanted to grow. It was a variety that had been praised by the American Rose Society. We planted about 25 in our backyard and many people told me it wasn’t “special” because it’s a hybrid tea (not a fancy English rose), but thankfully, I didn’t listen. Francis Meilland stood out to me because it’s a heat lover, grows long cut worthy stems, has massive blush to white blooms, some of the best and most fragrant blooms ever AND it’s form is actually more of an old fashioned type rose and not your average hybrid tea. For the first few years we didn’t cut a lot of Francis Meilland because floral designers would choose blush English roses deemed fancier. I actually considered removing some plants to grow more popular blush varieties. Often times we would send Francis as a sub to designers, and as soon as we did, they would be hooked. Now that our farm has moved into growing more for other markets, Francis Meilland has taken the top spot as most coveted rose at our farm!

 One of the most requested questions we always get is "how do we fertilize our roses?". We use an irrigation system that is hooked up to a fertilization tank, and it's filled with our favorite fertilizer Maxsea that you can find HERE. Maxsea is a seaweed and kelp based fertilizer that is completely natural, but the plants absolutely love it! It turns the foliage extremely glossy and green, and makes the blooms huge! This is fertilizer we love and recommend to everyone because roses seem to love it! 


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