Flower Carpet Amber

FCR Amber ClusterReleased to the US in 2009, Flower Carpet Amber recently won the ADR award, the All Deutschland Rose Trials, considered the world’s toughest test of rose performance. It is one of the ‘Next Generation’ Flower Carpets, bred for even stronger heat and humidity tolerance.

Suggested Uses

Use in flowerbeds, mass plantings, large containers and as a standard tree rose. A perfect commercial landscaping plant for low-maintenance color.

 

Growth Habit

Bushes are low growing and compact, with dense glossy green foliage.

 

Flower Size

Small to medium flowers 2 to 21/2 inches diameter.

 

Mature Size

Grows to 28 to 36 inches high and to 36 inches wide.

 

Spacing

Plant 2-3 per square yard, for ground cover. For a stunning display, plant 13 in 3 square yards. Plant 24 inches apart to establish boundaries. Can be planted anytime during Spring, Summer or Fall.

 

Hardiness

Will thrive in U.S.D.A. Zones 4 to 11. In cold zones, protect over the first winter. In zones 5 and below, continued winter protection is advised. In areas of intense heat (for example Phoenix, AZ), protect by planting in semi-shade (with plenty of filtered light), keeping well-watered.

 

Flowering Period

Flowering begins from mid to late Spring and continues to late fall

 

Number of Flowers

Flowers produced in clusters up to 12 inches across from a single stem. Clusters comprise up to 11 smaller clusters of 3 to 5 flowers and developing buds. Up to 45 flowers and developing buds can be produced on a single stem.

 

Flower Color

New flowers are orange yellow with brighter yellow center aging to soft pink. New flower PMS 714C aging to PMS 700C.

 

Fragrance

Light sweet fragrance.

 

Foliage

Dark glossy green, medium sized leaves.

 

Pruning/Pinching

No fancy pruning needed. Cut back by ⅔ annually in late winter or early spring. Trim to shape anytime of year, if desired. The bush is self-cleaning with few rose hips, no dead-heading required, petals fall away cleanly.

 

Light Needs

For best blooms, grow in full sun. Grows well in partial shade (4-5 hours of sun per day) with reduced blooms. In areas of intense heat and sun, semi-shade/filtered light.

 

Soil Needs

Can thrive in a variety of soil conditions. Performs best in well-drained friable garden soil with added organic matter.

 

Water Needs

When planting in the landscape, water in well particularly during hot conditions and continue to water regularly until the plant is established. Flower Carpet roses are very tolerant of dry conditions once established.

 

Fertilizer

For maximum flowering and performance, feed with a balanced (15:5.2:10) controlled release rose fertilizer. In warm climates (USDA zones 8 and up): feed in early Spring and again in late Summer. In cold climates (USDA zones 4 – 7): feed in Spring and Summer. For established landscape plants, apply 1 to 2 handfuls around the base of the plant and incorporate into the soil by gentle surface cultivation.

 

Disease Tolerance

Very tolerant of common rose blights such as black spot and mildew. It does not require routine chemical spraying and dusting in the landscape, apply only if needed.

 

Pest Issues

Treat for insect pests only as needed.

 

Special Care

In zones 5 and below, winter protection /mulching is advised, especially in first winter.