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Coral Drift Roses for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

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Few plants are as beloved as the rose, and anyone with an appreciation for these splendid plants should be bowled over by the Coral Drift® rose, Rosa 'Meidrifora.' These compact shrubs are the center of attention throughout the summer, with copious blooms over a long growing season. A single bush will spread over a yard of space, making them an excellent ground cover for hills or formal planted beds. These repeat-bloomers feature flowers of a soft coral color and subtle fragrance, and a single mature bush can produce hundreds of blooms over the course of a summer. Another plus? They are self-cleaning, so there's no need to monitor them, clippers in hand, for deadheading. Here are a few more reasons you need this flowering beauty in your landscape:

  • They are easily grown in containers to grace your patio or porch.
  • Coral Drift roses can be grown throughout most of the continental U.S.
  • They are very disease-resistant, and they are not prone to rust, black spot, or powdery mildew.

Plant Care

Sunlight

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Coral Drift® roses prefer full sun — six to eight hours of direct light a day — but they can handle some shade.

Watering

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Water your Coral Drift roses between one and three times a week, more if your weather is hot or dry.

Fertilizing

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Fertilize with a slow-release product designed for rose bushes and flowering shrubs in the early spring.

Planting and Care

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by Mary Van Keuren | Gardener (30+ Years Experience) – last update on September 1, 2022

Planting instructions

Choose a site for your Coral Drift rose bush that has fertile, well-drained soil in a spot that gets at least six hours of direct sun a day. Before planting, mix several buckets of well-rotted compost or manure into the soil, working the soil down to roughly 12 inches. Unpot your rose, and gently tease out any encircling roots, which can girdle the plant and slowly kill it. Dig a hole that’s as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Place the rose bush in the hole, spreading out the roots. Holding it upright and steady, fill in around the roots with the topsoil that’s been mixed with compost or manure, tamping down as you go to eliminate air pockets. Water thoroughly. Apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of organic mulch, such as bark chips, around the root zone, keeping it from touching the trunk to avoid rot.

Watering and nutrients

Water your Coral Drift rose between one and three times a week, depending on your weather. Don’t water so much that the water pools on the surface; your goal is to give it enough water that it sinks down by the roots. Fertilize in early spring with a slow-release complete fertilizer that is designed for roses and flowering plants.

Pollination

Roses are pollinated by the action of bees, butterflies, and other insects, who transfer pollen from the male to the female reproductive organs. This results in small protuberances, called rose hips, which contain the seeds. The Coral Drift rose is a hybrid — a cross between a miniature rose and a ground cover rose — so it will not reproduce true to seed.

Pruning

Prune your Coral Drift rose in early spring, once you see signs of new growth starting. Prune out any dead, diseased, or damaged limbs, and prune some of the previous year’s growth to shape your bush. To avoid transferring disease, it’s a good idea to sterilize your pruners with rubbing alcohol before using them.

Pests and diseases

Common insect pests include aphids, spider mites, and thrips. A healthy bush should be able to manage minor infestations. Consider releasing beneficial insects, such as ladybugs or lacewings, to keep the populations under control. Coral Drift roses are resistant to many common rose diseases, including black spot, rust, and powdery mildew. A good way to avoid disease is to keep the area around the base of the plant free of leaf litter and debris and to water at the base of the trunk, without wetting the leaves.

Achieving maximum results

Growing your Coral Drift roses in attractive containers is one way to expand their use in your landscape. Imagine, for example, a pair of shrubs in matched terra cotta pots flanking your front doorway or the entrance to your patio. Choose containers for your roses that are about twice the size of the root ball, with good drainage in the bottom. Use a good-quality potting mix as your growing medium, and remember that container-grown plants often need more water and fertilizer than those grown in the ground. To check if your rose needs water, feel the soil about 2 inches below the surface. If it is dry, give your rose a drink.

FAQs

How are Coral Drift roses best used in the landscape?

Coral Drift roses are exceptionally flexible and can be used in a number of ways. Multiple bushes spaced appropriately on a sloping hill will provide a beautiful display while preventing erosion and hindering weed growth. In a cottage garden, Coral Drift roses are the perfect foil for taller shrubs, such as conifers. They work well in planned beds with other flowering perennials and make a beautiful low hedge in front of taller bushes or small trees. As we noted above, they are also attractive when grown in containers.

Where can Coral Drift roses be grown?

These hardy little shrubs can be grown throughout almost all of the contiguous U.S., thriving in hardiness zones 4 through 10. That means they will grow anywhere other than northern New England and the most northerly points in the Midwest.

How far back should I prune my Coral Drift rose?

To encourage blooming and allow for vigorous new growth, you should prune your Coral Drift rose back to a height of about 8 inches in spring. This will allow it to reach its natural height of 1 to 2 feet during the growing season. Be sure to clear all clipped branches away from the area around your rose when you are finished to avoid disease.

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Mature height
1-2 ft.
Mature width
1-3 ft.
Sunlight requirement
Full-Partial
Growth rate
Moderate
Botanical name
Rosa 'Meidrifora'
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AZ
Grows Well In Zones
4-10
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Growing Zones: 4-10 i Growing zones help determine if a particular plant is likely to grow well in a location. It identifies the average annual minimum winter temperatures across the U.S. provided as a map by the USDA.
(hardy down to -10°F)

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