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Sweet Drift Rose Bushes for Sale Online
Clusters of clear pink double flowers sit atop dark green glossy foliage of the Sweet Drift Rose (Rosa 'Meiswetdom').
Abundant, continuous flowering and exceptional disease resistance make this a perfect choice for use along pathways, hillsides or at the front of a border. Sweet Drift Rose was selected as one of the University of Georgia’s Plants of Distinction in 2013.
Sweet Drift Rose was awarded the Gold Medal for Ground Cover Roses at the Rose Hills International Rose Trials in 2013 and also won the Frederick Law Olmsted Award for Best Groundcover at the Biltmore International Rose Trials in May, 2014.
Favored by gardeners for its vigorous growth and disease resistant foliage, the Sweet Drift Rose is a solid choice for lining paths and creating borders. Its sweet fragrance attracts pollinators and butterflies and the pink flowers make beautiful bouquets when trimmed.
This ground cover rose only reaches a mature height and width of 1.5 feet and prefers to be grown in full sun. Plant your Sweet Drift Rose in well-drained soil and make sure it receives regular watering, especially in the heat of summer.
|Mature Height:||1.5 to 2 Feet|
|Mature width:||2 to 2.5 Feet|
|Classification:||Broad leaved deciduous ground-cover rose|
|Sunlight:||Full sun for best blooms|
|Flower Color:||Light pink|
|Pruning Season:||Prune in late winter|
|Soil Condition:||Any well-drained soil|
|Water Requirements:||Water well until established|
|Uses:||Extremely attractive when used as in the mixed border, mass planting, or on a hillside|
How to Care for Sweet Drift® Rose
Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!
How do I plant Sweet Drift Rose Bushes?
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Sweet Drift Rose plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Sweet Drift Rose to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot.
What type of fertilizer should I use for a Sweet Drift Rose?
Groundcover roses such as Sweet Drift Rose grow best if they are fertilized once or twice in the summer. You should fertilize your roses monthly from springtime to fall. Drift Roses favor nutrient rich soil and ample fertilization. Try using some Epson salt as well. This will help boost the levels of magnesium in the soil which promotes increased flower production. When selecting a fertilizer for your Drift Roses, use a rose fertilizer blended specifically for roses such as Espoma Rose Tone for example. Don’t fertilize Sweet Drift Rose after August. Fall is the time for roses to begin preparing for dormancy. Fertilizing at this time may stimulate new growth that will be too tender to withstand the winter. In the South, a late summer into September application would be about right. More northern areas may wish to stop fertilizing in late August. Never fertilize a plant with a chemical fertilizer if the plant looks sick or wilted. If a plant is struggling due to a disease or root problems, the fertilizer will only add stress to it’s life. Try to cure the problem before adding fertilizer.
What are the watering requirements for Sweet Drift Roses?
After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Sweet Drift Rose a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. You’ll want to water the bushes regularly after planting until they’ve been well established. We like to tell folks that when watering Roses its best not to water the foliage of the plant. Water at the base of the plant near the soil line only. Although Drift Roses are generally resistant to Black spot there are other foliage diseases that can effect roses in general that are favored by wet foliage conditions. Black spot and other foliage diseases that can effect roses in general that are favored by wet foliage conditions. Gator bag Jr. can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.
What type of mulch should I use for a Sweet Drift Rose Bush?
We highly recommend that you mulch your Sweet Drift Rose with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.