Pruning "Drift" roses

St. Simon's Island, GA(Zone 9a)

I have 6 "Drift" roses that I planted last February, and they haven't really lost any leaves for the winter. I wasn't sure if they needed pruning, like my regular roses, or are they considered "shrub" roses. Normally, I prune regular roses sometime in early February, but thought someone might have dealt with this and might have some suggestions for me.

College Station, TX(Zone 8b)

Good question. My drift rose looks the best of all of my roses now. I planted it last spring and it was pretty this summer but seems to have really grown this fall and winter. It has several blooms right now. I was out this weekend looking to see what I needed to do on my other roses.I can see what they need, but I'm clueless about the drift rose. I hope we get some advice.

Richmond, TX

I have a couple of drift roses in containers. I tend to do almost nothing for my roses - mostly Old Garden Roses - and the drift roses seem to be okay with that too. I'm sure someone will let us know what really ought to be done.

Long Branch, NJ(Zone 7a)

Drift roses, technically are shrubs. It's a matter of preference how you prune it. Shrubs, you usually take a third out when you prune. You can take half out, or go drastic and cut it way back. I don't have 'Drifts' but I have 'Carpets' (same category - groundcover shrubs) planted literally next to the sidewalk. I have to prune them heavily otherwise they will take over the sidewalk.

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Alba, TX(Zone 8a)

Tex68, good to hear from you. I've been wondering how you fared through Sandy. Lovely photo.

I've grown several of the "Pavements" (Snow Pavement, White Pavement, and Scarlet Pavement). They are classed as Rugosas but otherwise behaved like the "Drift" series from what I have seen of the Drift series. I just pruned out dead and/or crossed canes and anything that sprawled into a path. I thined them a bit more if I thought they were starting to look "heavy". Otherwise they kind of took care of themselves. The Pavement series was popular back in the 90's and I wish I had taken cuttings when I sold my old house and move here. They don't seem to be readily available anymore--which is a shame as I really like the little devils. Some of them go by different names now. I'll have to do some research....

St. Simon's Island, GA(Zone 9a)

Thanks so much, and they are behaving sort of like shrub roses, but I wasn't sure how to deal with them. I may just leave them to get a little bigger before I do much trimming.

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