Drift Rose Dying

Asked August 19, 2016, 12:09 PM EDT

Hello, I included drift roses in my gardens a couple years ago when I first saw them in a local nursery. I have replaced a few plants when they grew thickened (enlarged) branches and then died. Right now I have three dead plants and one struggling. I do still have 5 or six that seem healthy. Is there a disease or problem I should be aware of with the drift rose plants? Are there maintenance tasks that should be regularly performed with drift roses. Thank you for any insight you might have.

Carroll County Maryland

1 Response

We know of no problem that is specific to drift roses, but all roses can get rose rosette. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/rose-rosette-shrub If you do not think that this is the problem, send photos. They are generally carefree, except for pruning to about 6 inches in early spring. https://extension.umd.edu/learn/drift-rose-pink-drift http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/ornamentals/drift-roses.html vw