Why Should I Plant Knock-Out Roses?
If you are like many gardeners you have tried your hand at a lot of different rose bushes. Some will do well, and some will die before you ever see a bloom. Roses can be difficult to grow for some gardeners and others plant them and they flourish. I have had both in my many years of gardening. I have seen them grow and do magnificent and others that really didn't take off well and I had to spend hours of time fiddling with to keep alive. I finally discovered the knock-out rose and I can't say enough positive things about this rose bush. This rose bush was the hard work and cultivation of William Radler. He debuted this glorious shrub to us in 2000 and it's become one of the most popular rose bushes being sold today. William Radler became enthralled with roses at a young age and has spent his life developing healthy, hearty rose bushes.
If you are looking for the perfect rose bush for your garden, you want to give the Knock-Out rose bush a try. They grow about three feet wide and up to four feet tall. They are drought resistant, disease resistant and require little care. They can grow individually in landscapes, as a hedge or shrub or even in a pot. They will help your garden stand out from all the others when you see them take off and take over.
Knock-Out Roses Have Vivid Colors
The Knock-Out Rose is a beautiful, brightly colored flower. The flower itself is a full, open bloomed rose at full maturity, and the buds are gorgeous as they begin to form. They grow prolifically and continue blooming and growing all season long. The Knock-Out roses bloom in deep reds and pale pinks and even in a soft, buttery yellow. They are the star of the show when planted in your garden.
Roses In The Garden
Do you grow roses in your garden?
Knock-Out Rose Care and Feeding
These roses are very easy to care for in the garden. They do best in zones 5 through 11 for cold tolerance. The key to a healthy shrub is in the beginning, starting with the soil. Dig at least twelve inches down into the bed and add organic matter to the soil. Roses are heavy feeders and require a lot of nitrogen and like a p.H. of about 6.5, you can check your soil with a meter to ensure your at the right levels. The best time to plant Knock-Out roses is in the spring when the plants are dormant. Space your shrubs between four to six feet to allow them room to spread out as they grow tall. They like full sun and will do well with at least six hours of sunlight a day. Unlike typical rose bushes, the Knock-Out rose will push the dead flowers off the branch as the new ones grow. This eliminates the need to deadhead and constantly prune your roses. If you save your used teabags and coffee grounds, you can put them in your garden to help add nitrogen to your roses.
Knock-Out Rose Care versus Other Rose Care
Knock-Out Rose Care
Other Rose Care
Water, but is drought tolerant
Feeding, likes nitrogen, well planned soil in the beginning gives them a solid base
Feed often, must maintain pH balance and nitrogen levels
Pruning only needed in the early spring, to cut back, and doesn't need careful trimming, just lob off the tops with shears
Deadhead older blooms, prune back the canes and dead wood and constantly remove suckers
You Can See That Knock-Out Roses Are A Gardens Showstopper
If you want to try your hand at roses again because you have found them to be too difficult in the past. Or, you are new to roses and are looking for the best choice for your garden, you can't beat the Knock-Out roses.
- Easy to Plant
- Easy to Maintain
- Beautiful and Fast Growing
- Ever blooming for Constant Color
- Can Be Grown as a Hedge, In Raised Beds or Pots
Knock-Out Rose Summary
- Buy them in the spring and plant while dormant.
- Prune already planted roses in the spring or after the first freeze in winter while they are dormant.
- Dig your hole at least 12 inches deep and add organic material when planting your roses.
- Cold tolerant in zones 5 through 11, in colder zones add mulch to the base of the plant for protection.
- Plant them 4 to 6 feet a part to allow them to spread. Remember, they grow 3 to 4 feet wide and 4 feet tall.
- Feed to add nitrogen to the soil. Can use old tea bags and coffee grounds.
- There is no need to dead head or prune back to the canes. Just cut the tops in the spring and let them grow!
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