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Rosa 'Sweet Drift'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sweet Drift
Additional cultivar information: (PPAF; Drift Roses; aka Meisweetdom, Meiswetdom)
Hybridized by Meilland; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1998

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Bloom Color:
Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Patent Information:

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Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From hardwood heel cuttings
By grafting
By budding

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Sep 27, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

"Sweet Drift" made the NYBG's Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden's list of top performers. The Rockefeller Rose Garden is a sustainable garden in which no toxic fungicides are used. In NYC, this cultivar has excellent, clean foliage all season without spraying for blackspot.

The flowers are fully double and a little over 2" across, and the foliage is proportionately small. In NYC, bloom is profuse, starting in June and continuing nonstop till frost.

Because of the challenge they present to weed control, I wouldn't use any rose as a groundcover. "Sweet Drift" has a good low mounding habit that's useful in the garden but not especially useful as a groundcover.

The cultivar name is 'Meisweetdom'. "Sweet Drift" is a trademark and a proprietary trade name.

Bred by Alain Meilland 1998. Introduced in the US by Star Roses in 2009.

US PP 21,612 Jan 2011.

Positive mjbivens On Aug 8, 2011, mjbivens from Houston, TX wrote:

Although it's habit is more low mounding than groundcover, it cannot be beaten for blooms!
I planted several Peach Drift here in Houston early this spring. They began blooming within a month and have not stopped, in spite of the 100+ degree temps.
No disease problems and do not require a lot of water.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Alexandria, Louisiana
Bronx, New York
Houston, Texas

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