‘Hi Ho’ is a Climbing Miniature Rose bred by Ralph Moore in the United States in 1964 from parent plants Little Darling x Magic Wand. It was introduced in Australia as ‘Hi Ho’ in 1968.
Ralph Moore (1907-2009) is universally regarded as the “Father of Miniature Roses”. He lived in California and commenced his rose business in 1937 and over many decades made miniature roses popular, introducing over 500 new miniature roses. His achievements as a rose breeder and mentor are legendary.
Hi Ho is a popular Miniature climbing rose in Australia which has stood the test of time due to its prolific repeat flowering and excellent disease resistance. This vigorous rose produces large clusters of fully double, classically shaped, bright pink flowers with healthy glossy green leaves. It has strong, long canes that can be trained onto a trellis or pillar and one plant can easily reach 2.0m high and 2.5m wide creating a wonderful display of vibrant showy flowers.
Unfortunately, the only way to obtain this rose is from cuttings. Plants can be purchased from the Rose Society of S.A. plant stalls in October at its Spring Rose Shows.
Text: Kelvin Trimper