Roses - Knock Out

Location

The great thing about The Knock Out® Family of Roses is that they really don't require much care at all. They are easy to grow and will flourish in most any conditions. You can pretty much leave them alone and they will look outstanding. The Knock Out® Family of Roses are self-cleaning which means that you don't have to deadhead them. They have stunning flower power and will bloom throughout the season (every 5-6 weeks), continuing until the first hard frost. Like all roses, The Knock Out® Family of Roses need full sun. Plant them individually among other shrubs, annuals, perennials in mixed beds and borders or as a colorful hedge. Most roses are typically very susceptible to diseases and pests and can often defoliate and struggle to thrive. The Knock Out® Family of Roses are the most disease-resistant rose on the market today!

How to Plant

How to Plant a Container Rose
  1. Dig a hole that is twice as wide and deep as the container. Incorporate organic material such as manure, shredded leaves or peat moss (potting soil can also be used) into the existing soil making sure that the hole is still deep enough.
  2. If the soil in the container looks very dry, be sure to water it well before planting. Remove the rose from the container and prune any canes that are broken, injured or are thinner than a pencil. Be sure to loosen the roots if they are thick and root bound.
  3. Place the rose in the center of the hole making sure that the bud union (the knobby part of the stem base) is at the correct level. In zones 6-10, the bud union should be about 1" above the soil surface. In zones 5 and under, it's a good idea to bury the bud union 1" or so under the soil surface.
  4. Back fill hole with soil, firming into place, adding more soil as needed.
  5. Water thoroughly around base of plant allowing it to soak in. Repeat as necessary.
  6. For the next couple weeks, check in and water plant as needed to ensure it stays healthy. Mulch around plant to help retain moisture and reduce weeds.
How to Plant a Bareroot Rose
  1. Soak your bareroot rose in water for 1 to 6 hours. A bucket works well for just a couple roses, while a large garbage can will work if planting several roses.
  2. Dig a hole that is twice as wide and deep as the roots. Incorporate organic material such as manure, shredded leaves or peat moss (potting soil can also be used) into the existing soil making sure that the hole is still deep enough. Backfill the hole slightly to form a mound in the center of the hole.
  3. Position the rose roots over the mound making sure that it stays straight up. You may have to hold the rose in place and backfill more to make sure the bud union (the knobby part of the stem base) is at the correct level. In zones 6-10, the bud union should be about 1" above the soil surface. In zones 5 and under, it's a good idea to bury the bud union 1" or so under the soil surface.
  4. Back fill hole with soil, firming into place, adding more soil as needed.
  5. Water thoroughly around base of plant allowing it to soak in. Repeat step 4 if necessary.
  6. Bareroot roses are dormant when shipped and they must be protected from drying out until the roots become established. It is important to cover at least 1/3 of the exposed canes with mulch or soil.
  7. For the next couple weeks, check in and water plant as needed to ensure it stays healthy.
  8. In a few weeks, shoots will begin to emerge through the mounding material. It is then safe to remove the mounded material by carefully pulling it away from the base of the bush or by washing it away with a hose. Water your newly planted rose bushes often to ensure that they get a good start. When the rose blooms in about seven to eight weeks, it will be time for good fertilization.
How to Prune

The Knock Out® Family of Roses don't really need standard rose pruning. To promote healthy growth and encourage lots of flowers, in early spring (after the last hard frost), simply use hedge trimmers or loppers to shear the shrub down to about 1/3 or 1/2 it's current height. It is okay if what remains is only about 12-18" above the ground.

How to Care

Knock Out® Roses are easy to grow and do not require special care. They are the most disease resistant roses on the market today! They have stunning flower power with a generous bloom cycle (about every 5-6 weeks) that will continue until the first hard frost. All seven members in The Knock Out® Family of Roses are self-cleaning so there is no need to deadhead.

The Knock Out® Family of Roses are winter hardy to USDA Zone 5 and heat tolerant throughout the entire U.S. They thrive in almost every area of the country. In the coldest regions, they will need winter protection (check with your local garden center to see what method is best for your area).

If unpruned, The Knock Out® Family of Roses can easily grow to be more than 3-4' wide x 3-4' tall. Periodic trims will keep them maintained at a smaller size. A once a year cut (to about 12-18" above the ground) in early spring (after the last hard frost) is also recommended for maximum performance.

The Knock Out® Family of Roses can fit any landscape. Plant them individually among shrubs, annuals and perennials in mixed beds and borders. Plant them in large groups to create a colorful hedge. Plant them along a foundation to provide a bright border.

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