Rosa ‘Hot Chocolate’ is a striking floribunda rose with unique and unusual blooms. The flowers of this rose are a blend of rich reddish-brown and chocolate brown, with a subtle fragrance that adds to its charm. The foliage is a glossy dark green, providing an excellent backdrop to the blooms. This hardy and disease-resistant rose will bloom throughout the summer, making it a great choice for beds, borders, or containers. Its unusual coloration also makes it a popular choice for cut flowers. ‘Hot Chocolate’ reaches a height and has a spread of around 1m.
- Common Name(s):Hot Chocolate Rose
- Hardiness:Fully hardy
- How big will I get? Rosa ‘Hot Chocolate’ can grow to a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.9m.
- Did You Know That:The oldest living rose is thought to be 1,000 years old and can be found in Hildesheim, Germany?
A rough guide to how this plant will change through the year.
Rosa ‘Hot Chocolate’ prefers moist but well-draining soil. This plant can grow in soil with a wide range of pH levels, it is not picky about the pH level of the soil.
Rosa ‘Hot Chocolate’ can handle either an exposed or a sheltered position and requires full sun to thrive, this consists of more than six hours of direct sunshine per day.
Rosa ‘Hot Chocolate’ should be pruned in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. Begin by removing any dead, damaged, or diseased wood from the plant, making sure to sterilize your pruning shears between cuts to prevent the spread of disease. Next, cut back any old wood to encourage the growth of new shoots, cutting back to a healthy bud or lateral branch. Remove any weak or spindly growth that won’t produce good blooms, focusing on leaving strong, healthy shoots that will produce plenty of flowers. Finally, shape the plant by cutting back any overly long or unruly shoots, creating a more compact, attractive plant. By following these steps, you can keep your shrub roses healthy and blooming beautifully year after year.
Pest, Diseases and Wildlife
Rosa ‘Hot Chocolate’ can have problems with aphids, leafhoppers, and scale insects , it can be vulnerable to certain diseases such as black spot, rust and powdery mildews. It is also known to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators. It is not considered to be toxic.