Peach Drift Rose should be pruned in early spring after the threat of frost has passed. If pruned in fall or winter, the hollow stems of roses can conduct cold air directly to the roots. This will increase the likelihood of winter damage and may result in plant death. Pruning should not be necessary until the plant is established in the landscape, typically 1 to 3 years after planting. Pruning too much too early will reduce vigor and increase the establishment period.
To prune Peach Drift Rose, use annual Heading Cuts to shape the shrub, removing no more than 1/3 of the plant. Cuts should be made back to a lateral branch or dormant bud. As this shrub blooms on new wood, there is no fear of removing flower buds through pruning.
If your shrub is especially overgrown, you may use the Haircut Method to rejuvenate the shrub. Be careful not to remove too much plant material as this will reduce vigor and increase the likelihood of disease.
While Peach Drift Rose is hardy and disease resistant, you should avoid using overhead irrigation during the summer. Excessive moisture on the foliage will increase the chance for foliar diseases to develop.
To fertilize Peach Drift Rose, use a product formulated specifically for roses. These products have a balanced amount of Nitrogen and Phosphorous to promote blooms. Some also contain a systemic insecticide and/or fungicide to prevent disease. When using these products, especially those with pesticides, you should time your application with each flush of growth per the instructions on the product.
A healthy mulch layer around the base of the shrub 2-4 inches thick will reduce winter damage and prevent drought stress. It will also slowly add nutrients to the soil. Mulch should be applied in spring or fall to maintain a consistent depth, but only if your mulch layer has decomposed below the recommended thickness.