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Knockout Roses

Knockout roses are easy to grow and do not require special care. They are one of 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 members in Knockout roses family are self-cleaning so there is no need to deadhead. Knockout 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.

Seasonal information: Knockout roses are upright shrubs that form a tidy mound 3 to 4 feet high and bloom from June to the first hard frost. In spring, trim any broken or dead branches. You can shape the Knockout rose at this time. In zones with cold, wet winters, give your Knockout rose winter protection by planting on the leeward side of buildings or walls. Or you can wrap snow fencing loosely around the rose and cover with straw.

Location: Select a well-drained site in full to partial sun. If you choose partial sun make sure your Knockout roses receive at least six hours of direct sun a day (afternoon shade is better than morning shade). If you have clay or sandy soil, work well-rotted manure or compost into the planting site.

Planting instructions: You should start by digging a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the root ball. Mix the manure or compost with the soil you have removed. Back fill the soil until you have a hole the same size or slightly larger than the container the rose is in. Plant the rose at the same depth as it is in the container. Space Knockout roses plants three feet apart.

Watering: Keep Knockout roses moist at all times. Water around the roots rather than overhead.

Fertilization: Fertilize with an organic rose fertilizer once a month. Use organic fertilizer rather than synthetic fertilizers. Synthetic fertilizers can promote weak growth, and your rose will have more foliage and less flowers.

Pests and Disease: Knockout roses are resistant to rust, black spot and powdery mildew.

Pruning: Avoid pruning the Knockout roses at all in the first 2 to 3 years. Sterilize your sharp pruning shears with hot water or alcohol. This guarantees a cleaner, healthier cut. Always prune at an angle and not straight across. Activate the Knockout roses into growth and blooming by pruning it back a little in the spring after the last hard freeze. Keep the Knockout roses under control or if you want it smaller than it’s 3-feet wide by 4-inches tall size by pruning it back in the late summer or early fall. Remove dead or old canes at any time. Also cut very thin canes that might be coming up from the ground. Prune your mature plants by using the 1/3 rule each year in the spring. Remove 1/3 of the oldest canes and any stems that are damaged, diseased or dead.

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