Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Among the easiest roses to grow, this classic hybrid tea is highly recommended as a cut flower. It is particularly lovely due to the deep crimson, velvety looking petals that are arranged very symmetrically. These exquisite, very double blooms are up to 4½ inches wide with 35 petals. These are richly scented and cup shaped. They can have some hints of purple under certain conditions.
Blooming all season from summer to fall, this is considered a repeat bloomer. It brings lots of stems for cutting. Crimson Glory is very well liked especially for its heavy fragrance.
For best results plant it in a spot where there will be some afternoon shade. Otherwise the red blooms have a tendency to turn purple. The lovely buds are pointed. As a cut flower, these tend to have rather open, lax, weak stems and benefit from some type of support. Otherwise, the flower heads can sometimes nod.
The deep green, leathery leaves are very prone to mildew. Otherwise, the plants are pretty disease resistant. These plants require very little pruning. The slightly spreading, branching plants are vigorous, and can reach four to six feet in height with a spread of four feet. It is recommended for zones five through ten. These have a moderate to heavy number of thorns.
The Crimson Glory rose was an instant hit when it was released in 1935. It was bred by Wilhelm Kordes of Germany. This plant has been used many times for breeding new roses. Over the years it has received numerous awards. It received the American Rose Society James Alexander Gamble Fragrance Medal in 1961. It was awarded the Royal National Rose Society Gold Medal in 1936. Its parents were W.E. Chaplin and a Katherine Kordes seedling.
In addition to the original Crimson Glory hybrid tea plant there is also an excellent climbing form. The climber has canes 12 to 15 feet long. The climbing form has lovely crimson, velvet-like double blooms with 30 petals. These blooms are 4½ inches wide and very heavily scented. The climber is in bloom from summer to fall. It is recommended for zones five through nine. It has deep green foliage that can be affected by mildew.