Rosa 'Novarospop' - Popcorn Drift Rose - PLANT PATENT APPLIED FOR
Popcorn Drift Rose is the very latest addition to the Drift Rose Series, and features a wonderful pastel bloom and a nice fragrance. Popcorn Drift produces nice, tight creamy yellow buds which open as a nice light yellow color at first, then gently fade into a creamy white with faint yellow accents - many times also showing tinges of peach as well. The Popcorn Drift was first discovered as a mutation of the Peach Drift Rose, and has been bred & developed to further improve the yellow & cream colored blooms.....while maintaining the excellent hardiness that is standard with all of the Drift Rose Series. We have found that the Popcorn Drift displays the most intense yellow coloration in full sun locations. Buds can oftentimes start out with heavy amounts of a peachy yellow color, and then transition to yellow as they open, and are exposed to full sun.
Typically a very hearty bloomer from early spring right on thru until the first hard frost, Drift Roses are a hybrid cross between full sized traditional groundcover roses, and miniature roses. Like all Drift Roses, the Popcorn Drift Rose has outstanding disease & pest resistance with little to no maintenance required. They have a gently spreading growth habit, and will even drape over rock walls if given the opportunity. The Popcorn Drift Rose variety has such impressive blooms that we highly suggest using them out in front of slightly taller plantings, or anywhere visibility will be high. They are "self cleaning" - meaning that there is no need to dead head, or remove expired blooms.......unless you just enjoy that kind of thing, lol.
We strongly suggest that all Drift Roses be pruned back in late winter / early spring after the last frost - to a height of approx 4" - 6". This type of pruning will allow for maximum new growth for the entire season, and maximum bloom capacity too. Also keeps an extremely nice dense, compact form to the shrub. No need to do anything else to them for the entire year........just sit back & watch them do their thing!!
Plant Facts & Specifications
Mature Height: 1-2 ft
Mature Width: 2-3 ft.
Growth rate: Moderate ( 8"-12" avg per yr )
Hardiness Zones: 5-10 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Preference: Average to slightly sandy - well drained with plenty of organic matter is preferred.
Foliage Color & Texture: Excellent dark green foliage provides an optimal backdrop for the yellow & cream colored blooms. New growth will have a very slight reddish tint.....maturing to the medium dark green.
Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Nice tight fragrant blooms that display a nice mixture of yellows when first opened then fading to a creamy white color with pastel yellow accents - occasionally even shows a tinge of pastel peach color. Fragrance is noticeable in mid season, but never overpowering.
Diseases / Insects: No major problems - black spot may be seen in areas of the very Deep South.
Fertilization / Feeding: Either water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular ( Holly Tone is excellent ). Other granular types with 6-12-12, or 10-10-10 ratio is acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting.
Recommended Spacing: 2 feet apart for hedge type planting, or in mass groundcover applications.
Deer Resistance Rating: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 [ 1 - least resistant........10 highly resistant ]