Flower Carpet – an ideal container plant

Are you looking for a an easy-care container plant – one that provides loads of color but doesn’t take loads of work?  Flower Carpet roses may be your answer.  Most varieties of easy-care Flower Carpet roses can do extremely well in containers, providing the container is large enough and they get adequate water.

Flower Carpet Pink in Container

Easy care Flower Carpet Pink add a welcoming touch to these porch steps

Flower Carpet Coral with Heuchera (Coral Bells) in container

Flower Carpet is one of the few roses that don’t require chemicals or sprays to keep them blooming and healthy all summer.  So with that, you can easily combine Flower Carpet with edibles (herbs and small salad greens) for a simple patio pot that’s pretty yet functional.  Click here for a helpful how-to video with tips on creating a mixed flowers and edible container.

The container should be at least 20 – 24 inches in diameter and equally deep (the larger the better). Make certain the pot has good drainage  with a hole at the bottom so that the roots don’t get water-logged. It’s important to use a good quality potting mix. NOTE: If you’re creating a mixed container and are going to add edibles, please use an organic soil, one without extra chemicals added as fertilizer.

planting potted roses

Root bound plant

Before transplanting your Flower Carpet from its retail pot, water thoroughly, allowing the water to run through the pot several times.  This will help in the transition to a larger pot.  If the plant is root-bound (roots all tangled up together), gently “tease” them apart before transplanting into their larger home.

The containers can be placed in the sun or semi-shaded area. Because the roots don’t grow as deeply in containers as they do naturally in the ground, the key is to make certain the containers aren’t allowed to completely dry out. If in doubt, stick your finger down 1-2 inches into the soil and if the soil feels dry, water it.

For maximum blooms, feed your Flower Carpet a few times a summer with a organic all-purpose fertilizer or early and mid-summer with an extended-release fertilizer like Osmocote.

Flower Carpet varieties or colors that seem to do best in containers include White, Red, Pink, Coral, Pink Splash, Yellow and Appleblossom.  (The newer varieties of Amber, Scarlet and Pink Supreme tend to get larger than the others, so unless you had a very large container, you’d be better off going with the other colors mentioned). 

easy care roses for containers

Flower Carpet Pink Splash’s multi-colored blossoms add interest to a simple white container

 

bulletproof roses

This single-color filled container of Flower Carpet Yellow, Lady’s Mantel and carex is the only flowering plant within this landscape.

 

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Flower Carpet Red provides months of color in this entranceway container

 

Flower Carpet Appleblossom rose

Flower Carpet Appleblossom rose adds a soft touch to any garden setting.

Go to our Containers Category listing for more tips, tricks and ideas on creating easy but beautiful containers.

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2 Responses to Flower Carpet – an ideal container plant

  1. Carol May 30, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

    what do we do wth them in the winter?

    • Your Easy Garden Team May 31, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

      Hi Carol, it depends on your climate. If you’re in USDA zones 5 and colder (areas that get deep ground freezes) it’s best to add a few inches of mulch or leaves around the base during te winter to protect them from frost heaves, especially the first winter until their roots are more established. Please do NOT cut them back until Feb or March. Cutting them back signals the plants to send out new growth which is then vulnerable to freezes, etc. If you’re in a warmer zone, you really don’t need to do anything with them other than cutting them back in the spring. Here’s a link to a post and video showing how simple Flower Carpets are to cut back in the spring: http://youreasygarden.com/how-to-prune-flower-carpet-roses/

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