MR. LINCOLN – Hybrid Tea Rose which hardly needs any introduction as it is the most commonly requested dark red rose


Bred by Swim & Weeks, USA, 1964 this very tall growing rose to 1.8 metres should be planted at the back of the rose bed where it will shine over and above all the roses and the breath-taking fragrance will still be enjoyed.

Mr. Lincoln has retained its popularity over the years because it is just so reliable a performer with very tough, leathery foliage, especially loving the heat. As with most dark red roses, Mr. Lincoln has very sharp thorns and produces huge, thick watershoots which should be pruned with loppers rather than secateurs.

The dark red blooms are very high-centred and the petals have incredible substance and when fading, take a rather dark purple hue. This rose is ideal for the vase and one bush will produce many magnificent long, strong stems – have the de-thorner handy when working with this rose!

  • Most popular dark red rose
  • Exquisitely huge fragrance
  • Tough, reliable and very tall bush
  • Ideal cut rose for flower arrangement


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.

39 Replies to “MR. LINCOLN – Hybrid Tea Rose which hardly needs any introduction as it is the most commonly requested dark red rose”


  1. My Mr Lincoln lived for 29 years . It was always beautiful and produced large beautiful, fragrant roses. This past winter took a tole on it, and now I’m trying to find another one that will give me the blooms once again!! The only enemy. It had was Japanese beetles. I dusted it and that seemed to help. Any other suggestions? yvonne, Jonesboro, Ga

    1. We don’t have issues with those beetles and I’m not sure our Eco-oil/Neem oil combination would control them ??? Worth a try rather than use harsh chemical sprays! Good luck with your new MR. LINCOLN … fantastic rose! Cheers

  2. When you say: “25% of all flowering stems should be cut back after flowering” do you mean 1 in 4 flowering stems should be cut back, or all the stems should be cut back by 25%?

    1. On a rotational basis, all stems should be cut back after flowering – take long stems so that re-growth is from a strong cane and will produce a lovely stem of healthy growth and lots more flowers. Hope this answers your query … cheers… Diana

  3. Hi,
    I planted a Mr. Lincoln rose tree about 4-6 weeks ago. I also planed two other rose trees, different varieties, in the same area on the West side of my house. The other two rose trees have bloomed but I haven’t seen any buds on the Mr Lincoln rose. The cane and leaves are a healthy color. Should I try an epsom salt bath? Alpha pellets? Or should I wait a bit more.


    1. Because it’s winter, I would prune all the roses within the next 6 weeks sometime and you’ll see them all growing and flowering at the same time this coming spring and thereafter … Epsom salts is always good – the ‘alpha pellets’ I don’t know but fertilizing now will not be worthwhile whereas seaweed solution will always benefit the plants … hope this is helpful – Diana

  4. I just bought a mr Lincon Hydrid tea rose in a 20cm diameter plastic pot. Can I plant it in a 40cm DIA X 45com high classed pot. It will be facing north and gave the morning and early afternoon sun.

  5. I brought Mr Lincoln a year ago and I pruned about 70% but there are white scales on the stems and no it still hasn’t flowered? How do I fix this

    1. A MR LINCOLN rose which hasn’t flowered after a year and has scale on the stems is probably in shade and compacted soil – lift it to a pot and pop it in a sunny location … enjoy the flowers!

  6. I planted one of these roses last year and only had one stunning flower this year it has grown so much I have 15 huge, massive red flowers.
    So happy with my rose I live in Tasmania and had a constant battle with possums and Wallebies.
    The rose is in full sun.

  7. Our Mr.Lincoln aged 18 years has just started to produce pink roses and the leaves are mottled with lime green. What is wrong with it?

    1. You could send through pics but I don’t think you need to because what is ‘wrong’ is ROUNDUP or one of the GLYPHOSATE WEEDICIDES … the rose has been sprayed or drift product has contacted the plant … you can try and recover the rose but I think you might eventually need to replace it … best wishes … Diana

  8. I just purchased one of these roses. I have a covered porch but it gets mid day and some afternoon shade. Would this rose do okay in a pot with that amount of sun?

  9. I planted Mr. Lincoln roses in December , bare rooted but they are very poor , only beginning to flower now with very small blooms, very disappointed, was looking forward to beautiful blooms. Any suggestions for me?Fr

    1. Perhaps relocate the plants to a ‘hotter’ more sunny location in the garden and do regular applications of seaweed solution with a bit of liquid fertilizer as well. MR. LINCOLN is normally very robust and the flowers can be HUGE if the plant is well nourished. Cheers ..


  11. I was given a bare rooted Mr Lincoln rose as a condolence gift in May. Have planted it in a pot on my balcony which gets morning and some afternoon sun. As yet there’s no sign of any growth although the plant seems healthy. Any advice?

    Helen White

    1. MR. LINCOLN can be a bit slow … don’t overwater but ensure the rose is moist in the pot. Give regular, weekly applications of seaweed solution. Might it be that the pot is located in a very ‘draughty’ spot? Roses love wind but don’t like draught – a bit like us!!! Cheers – Diana

  12. My Mr Lincoln is about a month old and has put up a big watershoot. Should I cut this off or leave it to help promote associated root growth?

  13. Hi Diana,
    My husband dug out and brought home what he thought was a Mr Lincoln from his deceased mother’s Garden. It had, as you say, a brutal amount of thorns. Sadly, he cut the main root off about three inches down but there were fine roots so I gave it a little hope. However, in trying to eradicate the masses of scale I think I may have asphyxiated the plant with white oils. It s, of course, dead 🙁
    However, I would like to purchase a new bush for my husband as it was his father’s favourite. We live a little north of Tamworth on granite sand soil, but I had intended to create a rose garden on top of our rubble drain which gets full sun all day. The grass grows well at this spot, so do you think the moisture would be right or perhaps too much? I was hoping to have a “minimum maintenance” garden other than soil preparation/boosting with the limited water supply we have, and this would make use of otherwise wasted water.

    1. I don’t think it would be wise to plant directly on top of the drain – yes, it’s very dry now and will be during most summers in your area however, if you get good rain, I think a rose planted in such a location might perish from drowning. It’s finding the right spot on the ‘high side’ of the drain so plant roots find the moisture but don’t sit IN water all the time! Hope this is helpful. Cheers – Diana

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