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Flower Carpet APPLEBLOSSOM

Once established, Flower Carpet® Appleblossom produces up to 2,000 soft pastel pink blooms from late Spring right until late Fall. Flower Carpet® Appleblossom is a sport of the original Flower Carpet® Pink, and it has inherited that award-winning rose's unprecedented levels of natural disease-resistance thanks to Noack Rosen - German rose breeders known for their commitment to disease-resistant hybrids.

This is a genuinely easy-care groundcover rose - consistently one of the most disease-resistant roses ever bred - ideal for both home gardeners and professional landscapers. Simple to grow and easy to maintain, it doesn't require spraying. Simply cut back to a third of its size once in late Winter or early Spring. And during the long flowering season, this rose will self-clean so that there's no need for fancy pruning or deadheading.

Key Features

  • Masses of pastel pink blooms cover the bush in clusters
  • Glossy green healthy looking foliage all season long
  • Attractive bush shape and appearance
  • Stunning both in the landscape or as a group in the garden
  • Easy-care and unprecedented levels of disease-resistance
  • NO fancy pruning.   All you need is a pair of garden shears and  then cut back,  any-way-which-way,  to 1/3rd of the bush size in late winter/early spring and you're done.  NO GUESSING, NO WORRYING,  NO KIDDING.

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Suggested Uses

Use in flowerbeds, mass plantings, large containers and as tree roses. A perfect commercial landscaping plant for low-maintenance color.

Growth Habit

Bushes are low, dense and compact.

Growth Pattern

To invigorate blooming once plants are established, cut canes back to 10-inches annually in late winter or early spring.

Plant Size

24- to 32-inches in height, 40-inches across (spread).

Flower Size

Medium-sized (about 1 ½ inches across).

Spacing

Plant 2-3 per square yard, for ground cover. Plant 3-4 feet apart to establish boundaries. Can be planted anytime during Spring, Summer or Fall.

Hardiness

Will thrive in USDA zones 5 to 10. In cold zones, protect over the first winter. In zones 5 and below, continued winter protection is advised. In areas of intense heat (for example Phoenix, AZ), protect by planting in semi-shade.

Flowering Period

Flowering begins in late Spring and continues to late Fall

Number Of Flowers

Blooms in clusters 6-8 inches across, with approximately 18 flowers per cluster. In full sun, a well-fed, well-watered, mature bush can produce up to 2,000 flowers per season.

Flower Color

Stunning Soft pastel pink during Spring and Fall. Over summer more a lightly blushed pink.

Fragrance

Not fragrant.

Foliage

Dark glossy green, medium sized leaves. Can remain evergreen in USDA zones 8b and above.

Pruning/Pinching

No fancy pruning needed. Cut back by 2/3rds annually in late winter or early spring. Trim to shape anytime of year, if desired. The bush is self-cleaning with few rose hips, no dead-heading required, petals fall away cleanly.

Light Needs

For best bloom, grow in full sun. Grows well in partial shade (4 - 5 hours of sun per day) with reduced blooms.

Soil Needs

Can thrive in a variety of soil conditions. Performs best in well-drained friable garden soil with added organic matter.

Water Needs

When planting in the landscape, water in well particularly during hot conditions and continue to water regularly until the plant is established. Flower Carpet roses are very tolerant of dry conditions once established.

Fertilizer

For maximum flowering and performance, feed with a balanced rose food. It is best not to feed roses in fall and winter as extra nutrients then will force new growth and increase the chances of cold-damage over winter. In warm climates (USDA zones 8 and up): feed in early spring and late summer. In cold climates (USDA zones 5 - 7): feed in spring and summer.

Disease Tolerance

Very resistant to common rose blights such as black spot and mildew. It does not require routine chemical spraying and dusting, apply only if needed.

Pest Issues

Treat for insect pests only as needed.

Special Care

In zones 5 and below winter protection is advised, especially in first winter.

Parentage

Sport of five-time international gold medal-winner Flower Carpet Pink (var. 'Noatraum'). Parentage is Rosa var. 'Immensee' x R. var. 'Amanda'

Varietal/Cultivar Name

Noamel

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