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Flower Carpet RED
Flower Carpet® RED prefers hot warm conditions and just blooms and blooms and blooms. From mid-late Spring clusters of 25-30 of deep velvety deep-red flowers appear all over the plant, accented by brilliant golden yellow stamens, sitting over deep glossy dark green foliage with a burgundy edge. And this show continues on until late Fall.
Flower Carpet® RED has superlative disease-resistance to common rose blights such as black spot and mildew - developed over a 25-year period by Noack Rosen, the German rose-breeders known for their early 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.
- Masses of velvety, deep red blooms
- Deep glossy burgundy edged, deep green foliage
- Great disease tolerance with easy-care maintenance
- Can bloom up to 10 months of the year
- 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.
- Suitable in USDA zones 5-10
Flower beds, mass plantings, large containers, landscapes, hanging baskets, and as tree roses. A perfect commercial landscaping plant for low-maintenance color.
Bushes are low, dense and compact.
To invigorate blooming once plants are established, cut canes back to 10-inches annually in late winter or early spring.
As a mature plant, Flower Carpet® Red will grow to 24- to 32-inches in height, 40-inches across (spread).
Medium sized (about 2 inches across).
Plant 2-3 per square yard, for ground cover. Plant 3-4 feet apart to establish boundaries.
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.
Once established, will bloom from late Spring through Fall. Flower lifespan is 3-4 days.
Deep red with a velvety look, softens in color as it ages.
Dark glossy green with burgundy edges, medium sized leaves. Can remain evergreen in USDA zones 8b and above.
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.
For best bloom, grow in full sun. Grows well in partial shade (4-5 hours of sun per day) with a light reduction in blooms. In areas of intense heat and sun, semi-shade/filtered light.
Can thrive in a variety of soil conditions. Performs best in well-drained friable garden soil with added organic matter.
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.
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
Very tolerant of common rose blights such as black spot and mildew. It does not require routine chemical spraying in the landscape, apply only if needed.
Treat for insect pests only as needed.
In zones 5 and below winter protection is advised, especially in first winter.
Rosa var. 'Ricarda' x seedling (unnamed).