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Black Magic Roses – How To Grow and Care (Rosa ‘Black Magic’)

Black magic roses are an example of hybrid tea roses, meaning it produces one centered flower on every single stem making them great to be used as cut flowers.

Hybrid roses are the largest and also the most popular group of roses due to their varieties of colors and their ability to repeat-flowering.

Rosa Black Magic
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The blooms of Black magic roses have rich Velvety black-red petals with medium fragrance and are also continuous bloomers. Black magic rose can grow up to 5 to 7 feet tall with a spread of around 4 feet. The adult blooms need to be trimmed off so new buds can start growing on the same stem. This is great as it provides a continuous supply of roses used as cut flowers for gifts and arrangements for occasions.

The leaves of the black magic rose are deciduous with a glossy dark greenish color and grow on thorny stems. Flowers grow in an upright and high-centered manner. Black magic roses are resistant to most diseases such as mildew making them great for cultivation.

The cultivation of various rose varieties has been going on since the early 1900s. The Black magic rose variety was created by Rosen Tantau in the early 1990s and introduced into Germany in 1995. Jackson & Perkins Co. introduced the black magic rose into the United States in 2001 and since then has become one of the most popular hybrid tea rose varieties.

Scientific nameRosa black magic.
Common nameBlack magic rose.
Blooms/Petalsfull 30-40; Dark Red
Size5 to 7 ft tall.
LightingFull sun.
SoilMoist but also well-draining potting mix.
FragranceNone to mild sweet fragrance.
ResistanceDisease resistant.
UsesCut flowers.
PropagationStem cuttings.

Black Magic Roses Varieties

The black magic roses are not entirely black but have a dark purplish-red tone. Magic roses are not painted or dyed as their color occurs naturally.

While there currently isn’t any variation of the black magic rose, there are other varieties.

Midnight Blue Rose

Midnight Blue Rose

The midnight blue rose shares a few similarities with the black magic rose such as the dark color of its petals, their deciduous leaves, and thorny stem.

The major difference between the two plants lies in the color of their blooms. The midnight blue rose produces a deep purple-colored bloom while that of the black magic rose is deep red.

Black Baccara Rose

Black Baccara Rose

The flowers of Black Baccara Rose have a dark red burgundy color with a Velvety texture. Black baccara roses are arguably the darkest naturally occurring rose plants. 

Black Magic Rose Care

Light Requirements

The black magic rose requires a hot environment to grow and also access to about 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight every day. Magic roses perform better outdoors, and in areas where the temperature can go below 10 degrees Celsius, it’s better to move the plant indoors where the temperature can be regulated. 

Soil Requirements

The black magic rose performs better in organic and moist well-draining soil. A combination of loamy and clay soil mixed with organic manure is best for cultivating the black magic rose, although black magic roses are capable of adapting to any soil type provided the soil is well-draining and contains humus.

Large containers are best as it gives room for the root ball of the rosebush to spread.

Water Requirements

The water requirements for black magic rose planted in patio containers and directly in the soil are a bit different.

Water Requirements

Black Magic Rose planted in patio containers needs frequent watering. Water the plant until its root ball and surrounding soil are soaked. Ensure the container has drainage holes at the bottom for excess water to escape.

For plants planted directly in the soil, watering can be reduced as it gets water from other sources such as rainfall. Water directly at the root of the plant to allow the root ball to be soaked. Over watering only leads to loss of water and pushes nutrients further away from the roots.

Fertilizer Requirements

When fertilizing the black magic rose, ensure the soil is well watered. Dry fertilizers are best applied between the trunk and end of their branches or drip lines as applying the fertilizer on their cane can cause burning.

Fertilizers are best applied during the growing months and should be laid off during the winter season.


Most hybrid tea roses will need to be pruned each year before the growing season begins. Dead woods and infected canes should be cut off. Also, Dead and decaying leaves at the base of the plant should be cut off. Overlapping canes should be trimmed or cut off as both canes will compete for sunlight as their leaves start to spread.


Propagating the black magic rose is pretty easy and can be done through stem cutting or the use of bareback roots.

Baumschule Horstmann

For the stem cutting method, use a softwood cutting from the current year’s new growth as softwood cuttings root faster compared to semi-hardwood and hardwood cuttings. Make a cutting of about 20 to 25cm long, cutting above the bud and leaving only one or two leaves at the top of the cane.

Dig a hole in the soil mixed with compost or soil conditioner, Place the base of the cutting into the hole and fill it with soil. Water the soil and place it in a shaded space. After the cuttings have rooted, transfer each cutting to its final growing area.

Using bare back roots is easy as you can buy them directly from stores. Soak the roots in water for about 8 to 12 hours before planting. Dig a hole in the soil and mix the soil with compost or soil conditioner. Place the cane in the hole in an upright position and ensure the roots are spread out. Fill the hole properly with the soil mixture and water the soil as needed. 

Common Health Problems/Pests And Diseases

The black magic rose is resistant to most plant diseases making it easy to grow and maintain.

Common pests that affect the black magic rose includes aphids, mealybugs, scales, and spider mites. Spraying or rubbing Neem oil or insecticidal soaps in the leaves of the plants should help keep pests away.


Are black magic roses poisonous to pets and children?

Black Magic Rose are not poisonous to pets such as cats and dogs, although most rose plants have thorns on their stem which can cause serious pains and injuries to your pets if they happen to run through your garden of rose plants. 

Can I propagate black magic rose through stem cutting?

Rosa’s black magic can be propagated through stem cutting. Make a softwood cutting i.e from a new growth above the bud, remove all leaves from the cane leaving just one at the top. Place the base of the cutting into a compost mixture and water. Place it in a well-lit area and after a few weeks, it should start to root.

What are the lighting requirements for a black magic rose?

The black magic rose needs to be exposed to direct sunlight for about 8 to 10 hours per day. Black magic rose performs well under hot temperatures. In areas where the temperature does go below 10 degrees Celsius, it’s advisable to move the plant indoors where temperature can be regulated to suit its needs.

How often should I water my black magic rose?

The black magic rose requires its soil to be moist and well-draining, but not soggy or waterlogged. Before watering, measure the soil moisture level using a moisture meter or dipping your hands into the soil. Only water the plant when the top 2 inches of the soil is dry.

Are black magic roses black?

Black Magic Roses are not black per se but have dark red or purple colored flowers.