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Red Drift Groundcover Rose
Red Drift produces the smallest bloom of any of the roses in the Drift series, but makes up for it with producing the most blooms! More details below!!

Red Drift Groundcover Rose

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Red Drift Rose
Rosa 'Meigalpio' PP 17877

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-11  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 4a, where this Drift Rose is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

The family of Drift Groundcover Roses are comparable to the family of Knock Out Roses in disease resistance and low-maintenance, however are much smaller in size. They get their small size from being a cross between full-size groundcover roses and miniature roses. From the former they kept toughness, disease resistance and winter hardiness. From the miniatures, they inherited their well-managed size and repeat-blooming nature. Hardy and thriving in USDA Zones 4 through 11, the Drift Roses are some of if not the most cold and heat tolerant roses on earth!

Red Drift produces the smallest bloom of any of the roses in the Drift series, but makes up for it by producing the most blooms! The petite, deep-red, fully double blooms appear in large clusters in spring and repeat up to 5 times through the season. Red Drift has been one of the strongest performers of the series in our gardens.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Being dwarfs, Drift Roses are ideal for use as a specimen in small to medium size garden spaces, pots, planters and other patio containers of 12 inches or more in rim diameter. In larger landscape spaces, for stunning floral displays plant them in groupings or mass plantings for vibrant splashes of season-long color, or as a front facing border in home foundation plantings, landscape borders or rose gardens.      

Suggested Spacing:  24" apart for mass plantings;  4' or more apart for space between plants

Cultural Requirements

Drift Roses are exceptionally easy to grow in average, well-drained soils with medium moisture in full sun to part shade. To avoid powdery mildew on leaves, all roses require morning sun to dry the morning dew from their leaves. Some afternoon shade or filtered sun is fine. We suggest 6 hours of direct sunlight per day for best flowering. Drift Roses do not require pruning, however, they do benefit from it. We cut our Drift Roses back to about 4 to 6 inches above the ground before new growth begins to emerge in late winter or very early spring. Plants will quickly flush out and start blooming with the arrival of spring temperatures. Deadheading spent flowers is not necessary however will encourage more new buds and flowers.

Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to get helpful advice for how to plant, prune, fertilize and water Drift Roses.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-11  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Groundcover Rose
Height at Maturity:  18" with annual late winter hard pruning to 4 to 6 inches above ground
Width at Maturity:  2.5 -3' with annual late winter hard pruning to 4 to 6 inches above ground
Spacing:  2' apart for low hedges or 4'+ apart for space between
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Mounding
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  Bright Red
Flower Size:  2"
Flowering Period:  Spring to Frost!
Flower Type:  Double
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Drainage:  Well drained
Soil pH:  6.0 - 8.0
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Resistances:  Disease, Drought (when established), Heat, Humidity

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