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Apricot Drift Rose Bushes

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Apricot Drift Rose Bushes produce double apricot colored flowers that begin blooming in spring and continue into the fall. Apricot Drift Roses are low maintenance, vigorous and very cold hardy. The glossy dark green leaves have excellent disease resistance. Excellent for smaller gardens and are the perfect groundcover rose.

Growzone: 4-9

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Apricot Drift Rose Bushes produce double apricot-colored flowers that begin blooming in spring and display a season-long show of color. It is just as tough and disease resistant as others in the series. Best suited for small gardens or along paths and walkways.

About Your Apricot Drift Rose Bushes

Apricot Drift Rose produces double apricot colored flowers begin blooming in spring and display a season-long show of color. It is just as tough and disease resistant as others in the series. Best suited for small gardens or along paths and walkways.


Growing Zone: 4-9
Mature Height: 1.5 to 2 Feet
Mature width: 2 to 3 Feet
Classification: Broad leaved deciduous ground-cover rose
Sunlight: Full sun for best blooms
Habit: Mounding
Foliage: Dark green
Flower Color: Apricot
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
This Plants Growzone: 4-9 Apricot Drift Rose Bushes Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Apricot Drift Rose Bushes

Before you buy an Apricot Drift Rose Bush, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

How do I plant an Apricot Drift Rose Bush?

How do I plant an Apricot Drift Rose Bush?

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Apricot Drift Rose Bushes that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. 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 Apricot Drift Rose Bushes 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.

How do I water Apricot Drift Rose Bushes?

How do I water Apricot Drift Rose Bushes?

After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give Apricot Drift Rose Bushes 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. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. 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 like Apricot Drift Rose are generally resistant to Black spot there are other foliage diseases that can effect roses in general that are favored by wet foliage conditions. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.

How do I fertilize Apricot Drift Rose Bushes?

How do I fertilize Apricot Drift Rose Bushes?

Groundcover roses such as Apricot Drift Rose Bushes grow best if they are fertilized once or twice in the summer. You should fertilize your roses monthly from springtime to fall. Apricot Drift Rose Bushes 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 Apricot Drift Rose, use a rose fertilizer blended specifically for roses such as Espoma Rose Tone for example. Either chemical fertilizers or organic matter can be used successfully. Since an organic method of applying manure and/or compost around the roots, produces excellent results and also improves the condition of the soil, this would be an excellent first line of attack. A fast release fertilizer such as a 10-10-10 will work just as well if applied twice during the summer. If you are looking for a fertilizing routine tailored to your specific conditions, a soil sample should be taken and the fertilizer and trace elements matched to the needs of your soil. Don’t fertilize Apricot 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.

How do I mulch Apricot Drift Rose Bushes?

How do I mulch Apricot Drift Rose Bushes?

We highly recommend that you mulch your Apricot Drift Rose Bushes 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.


Additional Information

History and introduction of Drift Roses: 

The story of how the Drift® Groundcover Roses came to be is quite interesting, albeit painstakingly long, even by rose standards. It illustrates once again that rose breeding is not for the impatient and that creating a full series takes an inordinate amount of time given the genetic disparity with which creative rose breeders work. Believe it or not, the prototype for the series was sent to Star Rose’s Pennsylvania location in 1992 under the lovely name of CP4589. For the record, it was the same year that they received The Knock Out® Rose, which was known then as CP4642. As we know, Knock Out® went on to become the most popular new rose introduction ever released by Star® Roses and Plants, while in the meantime this great little thing was totally ignored. It was a tiny white rose with five small petals and very dark glossy foliage. Ironically, the prototype, known as White Drift® when it was introduced, is no longer in commerce. However, it performed really well in their trials the following season, but the plant was not taller than a foot and not even twice as wide at the end of the season. Amazing when you think about it today, but at that time, in the early 1990’s (20 some years ago already, time flies when you’re having fun) it was considered way too small for commercial release! The trade was looking for larger shrubs, and nobody showed any interest in a miniature ground-cover rose. However, as they usually do when they look at seedlings that perform outstandingly in they’re difficult climate of South Eastern Pennsylvania they hung on to it for the next few years. Then in 1996, Jacques Mouchotte, the director of research at the House of Meilland, sent them a series of very similar seedlings that they called “Mini-Meidiland®.” They looked indeed like the smaller siblings of our Meidiland® lansdcape shrub roses, but on a much smaller scale. Meidiland® were quite successful at the time, but one of the comments was that they were growing very big and therefore did not fit all landscape situations. It took some time, but they eventually saw the light and became quite excited because they finally realized such roses could be very successful. Unfortunately none of the seedlings sent that year ended up performing to the level of that original code from 1992. The idea was right, but the genetics not quite there yet. However, patience being one of the most needed virtues in rose hybridizing (and selection!), the efforts continued every year after that and finally by 2004 they were looking at five other seedlings — this time with the characteristics they were looking for. The Drift® series was finally ready for prime time. It was pre-released commercially in the Northeast region in spring 2007. The reception was way beyond expectations. Not only did they bloom all summer, but they also proved to be significantly more resistant to black spot than originally thought, and they kept their compact habit all season in climates where plants tend to grow fairly big given the right conditions. They were also performing extremely well in trials all around the country, including that cursed area for roses known as the Deep South. So Drift® Roses were released full scale in spring 2008 — a mere 16 years after we saw the prototype and 19 years after it was created by a visionary breeder at Meilland. Today they are still gaining in popularity in a way that is not without resemblance to what we saw with Knock Out® in the early years.


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