Rosa Iceberg: everything you need to know about this rose bush

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If you are a lover of roses, surely you can recognize some of them. Does the Iceberg rose ring a bell? It is known to be one of the best and most beautiful white roses, but what exactly do you know about it?

Now, we are going to give you a guide with all the characteristics of the Iceberg rose, as well as the care that you should provide it to ensure that it lasts many years and, above all, that it flourishes more and more. Shall we start?

How is the iceberg rose

white flowered rose bush

Iceberg roses are known to be the most beautiful. and they are characterized above all by the great flowering they have (usually in clusters) as well as by the aroma that these flowers exude. However, first of all you should know a little about the origin of these rose bushes.

To do this we must go back to 1958, and go to Germany. There, it was Reimer Kordes, a prolific rose grower, who decided to cross two roses, the "Robin Hood" (a hybrid red rose) and the "Virgo" rose (white in color and a hybrid of tea) obtaining this one that is also called Rosa «KORbin», Fée des Neiges or Schneewittchen.

It took another 10 years for these roses to be introduced to the UK, widely used especially for trellises, to decorate the pergolas or even to place them on the fences.

It is also known that in 2002 the Iceberg rose itself had a hybrid version of tea, much more famous and well-known among florists, but which differs from the original in that its aroma is not as strong (actually, it is much softer).

Physically, The Iceberg rose is a plant that can grow up to just over a meter tall and about 90 centimeters wide. It is made up of leaves that are quite small (for the height it is capable of reaching), of a light green color, very shiny, which contrast above all with the color of its roses, which are bright white.

Each of the stems that this rose throws at you can hold up to seven roses, each of them formed by 25-30 petals.

As for its aroma, those who have appreciated it say that it has a combined smell of honey and fruit.

Varieties of Iceberg roses

Once the true Iceberg rose was achieved, that is, the white one, over time other varieties emerged that allow us to have other colors such as roses (in two shades, soft or strong), burgundy or gold.

All of them are governed by the same patterns as their original. They only change in terms of the hue that the flowers acquire.

Iceberg rose care

detail of white rose petals

If you would like to have an Iceberg rose bush at home, Here you will find a practical guide to help you cover all the needs that the plant has. And it is that, although it is very easy to care for and very resistant, it does not hurt to take good care of it so that it can flourish as well as possible.

Location and temperature

The first thing you should know is that the Iceberg rose can be grown both in a pot and in the ground. Now, if it is the first time that you are going to plant them, it is best to always wait until the end of winter to do so. You can also opt for autumn, although if you live in a very cold area, we don't recommend it because you might not get ahead.

Regarding its location, the best place to have this rose bush is, without a doubt, in a very sunny place, even with direct sun. But, be careful, because if where you live in summer it is too hot and the sun is too hot, you can risk that it burns the flowers. Therefore, sometimes it is better to put it in semi-shade.

Regarding the temperature, although it can tolerate heat, even extreme, the same is not the case with cold and humidity, two of the factors that can deteriorate, and greatly, your rose bush, to the point of losing it. That is why in the cold months it is convenient to protect it using mulch and covering its stems with a mesh so that they do not freeze.


Regarding the soil to use for the Iceberg rose bush, consider one that has a pH between 6,5 and 7, in addition to having good drainage so that it does not compact or leave water between its holes that can rot the roots.

It is best to make a mixture between universal substrate, earthworm humus (or similar) and perlite. In this way you will have soil that will withstand moisture and at the same time will not cake.


white rose bush

The Iceberg rose likes water, or rather, it likes to have moist soil. But it does not mean that you should water it abundantly, but that you have to wait for the soil to dry out between waterings and prevent it from suffering from drought (He can take it, but don't go too far.)

Thus, everything will depend on where you live, the climate, and the location of the plant to water it more or less. Of course, in winter it will hardly need water because it goes into a lethargy.


Pruning is one of the most important care to clean up the Iceberg rose and at the same time to make it flourish more. This should be carried out at the end of winter or early spring, always with scissors that are sterilized and clean so that they do not spread diseases.

In addition, during the flowering season you should cut the roses that are withering so that new ones can sprout.

Plagues and diseases

Although we have told you that the Iceberg rose is quite hardy and supports pests and diseases well, it does not mean that it is invincible. Mildew or black spot are some of the diseases that you will have to keep an eye on so that they do not affect you. Likewise, good air circulation, direct sun and space between other plants are also aspects to take care of to avoid getting sick.

As for pests, basically spiders or mealybugs could make a dent but it is usually resistant to them and washing the plant, or destroying the affected parts, should work for it to continue.

Now that you have a more practical guide to the Iceberg rose, Can you imagine having this rose bush full of white flowers in your garden?

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