BLOSSOMTIME – Climbing rose of the most exquisite China pink with dark pink on the reverse of each petal


Bred by O’Neal, USA in 1951 this climbing rose is one of the most adaptable of all the climbers – it can be a pillar, it can be a rambling rose if you give it support to go on and on, it can be a shorter climber over an arch or it can be espaliered. Whichever way you wish to grow this wonderful rose, be sure to have the secateurs ready to cut the heavenly flowers for a vase!

Blossomtime has ‘New Dawn’ as one of it’s parents and it certainly got the thorns from it’s genetic background because the thorns are very, very sharp but they are very beautiful in that they are dark crimson.

The foliage is dense, glossy and dark green with the new growing tips being dark crimson and make a glorious display against the pale-pink centres with dark pink reversed petals. Blossomtime is a very trouble-free rose and will flower in abundance throughout the season.

  • Totally adaptable climbing rose
  • Fragrant China pink blooms with darker reverse
  • Sharp thorns to keep intruders at bay
  • Healthy and great climber


The generally sunny, dry and hot conditions of the Australian garden are particularly well suited to planting roses and roses flourish in our gardens when you take measures to provide the following:

WATER – Roses are very deep rooted plants and require one good, deep soaking at least every 10 days in hot and dry conditions.

FEED – Because roses flower throughout all but the Winter season, they should be regularly fertilized with quality (preferably organic) fertilizer which contains a balance of major nutrients (NPK) and trace elements. The fertilizer should be applied at least once a month – small amount often – with fortnightly applications of liquid seaweed over the foliage.

PRUNE – During Winter, 70% of the rose plant should be pruned and all old wood removed back to the crown and the bush pruned to shape.
During the flowering seasons, 25% of all flowering stems should be cut back after flowering to encourage strong re-growth.

MULCH – Particular attention to application of lucerne or pea straw directly around the root-zone of each rose will enhance the overall health of the rose and then the whole bed should be mulched to 75mm with any other mulch medium available.

10 Replies to “BLOSSOMTIME – Climbing rose of the most exquisite China pink with dark pink on the reverse of each petal”

    1. Yes Jane you can … nice bit pot with quality potting mix, at least 6 hours of sunshine and some airflow if possible. Just remember that Blossomtime has very needle-sharp thorns so handle with care!!! Glorious rose!

  1. I have 12 blossom time climbers in large coffin like pots. I have found that they are now growing well and have spindly growth. The roses have been in the pots for a period of 6 months and am sorry to say look terrible. What can I do?????

    1. Please give me a call … this is a splendid rose but I’m guessing you’re not watering/feeding adequately for this rose to be it’s absolute best in pots … 03 5787 1123 or and I will definitely help you rectify this situation … talk soon – Diana

  2. Hi I have been given a Rosa Blossomtime for mothers day, althwe have a walled garden the soil is light and sandy, what would you recommend please .

    1. Responded via email … lots of compost, full sun and good air circulation … marvellous rose which is most ideal as a cut flower in vases … gorgeous thing and very, very highly recommended is BLOSSOMTIME! Cheers – Diana

  3. I’m looking for a pale pink rose with the Blossomtime shaped flower. Do you know if there is such a rose?

    1. Hi Sabina … oh, there are soooooo many roses with that perfectly formed Hybrid Tea shaped flower … if you let me know more about what you want in the rose, the colour, should it be fragrant, should it be long lasting for a vase, etc. then I can select a rose which will be perfect for you. Best wishes … Diana

  4. I have a blossomtime rose against a wall, the first year it was attacked by green fly ,just a few flower’s that year and in a sorry state.This spring I got rid of all rotten leaves and gave it a good dose of rose clear. It has produced an abundance of flowers ,which I have dead headed as they wilted. But no sign of repeat flowering, although plenty of new shoots . Will it re flower or have I done something wrong.

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