Drift Roses - SweetScientific Name: Rosa 'Meiswetdom'
Best Planted In Zone: 5-10
Sweet Drift Rose produces clusters of clear pink double flowers that sit atop dark green glossy foliage. The flowers are small and contain 30-35 petals. They bloom from early spring right through the first hard frost. Drift® Roses are a cross between full-size groundcover roses and miniatures. From the groundcover roses they kept toughness, disease resistance and winter hardiness. From the miniatures, they inherited a well-managed size and repeat-blooming nature. The low, spreading habit of Drift® is perfect for small gardens and combination planters. They only grow 1 to 2 feet tall, with a spread of 2-3 feet. USDA ZONES: Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10.
Most PlantMeGreen trees can be shipped and planted any time of year, unless the variety is specified as only seasonal delivery. Packages are typically shipped within 7-10 days from the time of your order. You will receive a tracking email upon confirmation of your PlantMeGreen purchase. On some occasions, severe weather and other unusual issues can delay shipping and delivery of your PlantMeGreen package. Delivery time cannot be guaranteed, if a package needs to arrive prior to a specific date, or at a more convenient time for you, please notate that upon placement of your order.
As with other roses, plant Drift roses in a location receiving full sun; eight hours daily is recommended. Space plants a minimum of three feet apart. It would be best to plant four to five feet apart if you are thinking long term. The soil pH for roses should be slightly acid, between 6.0-6.5. Drift roses should be fertilized each spring with a slow-release or controlled-release fertilizer, following label directions. Another application in late summer would help plants bloom better into the fall, especially in new beds where nutrients may be lacking. Drift roses really come into their own the second or third year after planting. Mulch is important for these roses, as for most newly planted shrubs. In addition to looking nice and reducing weed problems, mulching prevents the surface soil from drying out so quickly. This helps the roots to establish faster and more reliably and reduces the amount of watering needed.
Drift® Roses are low maintenance and will reward you with endless color all season long. They require no special care, but for best performance, we recommend cutting pruning your rose bush in early spring, never in the fall and never in the winter. Check your rose bush from time to time as spring moves along and when you start to see new shoots growing from the canes on your rose bush, that’s a good sign that it is time to prune. Determining how high you want to prune depends on how high you want your rose bush to finish. Your rose bush will usually triple in size after pruning so cutting it back to about a foot will leave it at 3 feet when it finished growing.