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Knock Out Roses: 5 Reasons They’re Essential

Knock Out Roses: 5 Reasons They’re Essential

Unlike the classic high-maintenance prima donnas, the award-winning Knock Out Roses do not require much attention. Loved most for their hardiness and low-maintenance, the Knock Out Rose can survive in places that may seem unimaginable.

From the parking lot of your local store and road medians to neglected gardens, these roses are designed to be everything regular roses are not. If you’re looking for the beauty that the Queen of the Garden offers, look no further. Here’s why we love our Knock Out Roses:

1. They’re Low Maintenance

Knock Out Roses thrive with a fraction of the care that regular roses need. Even better? They look just as stunning.

You will only have to fertilize your Knock Out Roses once a year, at the end of winter or the beginning of spring. And since these flowers are drought tolerant, it’s no big deal if you forget to water them throughout the week.

They’re also self cleaning, so you don’t have to worry about pruning them back to get blooms. Disease, deer and pest resistance top off the list of the Knock Out’s benefits. As you can see, it absolutely lives up to its namesake.


2. Knock Out Roses Provide Continuous Blooms

Classic roses only bloom once a year. Bummer, right? Knock Out Roses are a different story. Not only do they grow faster than classic roses (2 feet vs. 6 inches annually), but you’ll also get blooms continuously throughout the year.

It won’t take years or months for them to grow either. These new and improved roses bloom every 5 to 6 weeks, from late May or early June until the heaviest frost. Plus, gardeners have witnessed their Knock Out Roses withstand temperatures in growing zone 6, where temperatures drop as low as -10 degrees.

3. Disease and Pest Resistance

When William Radler designed the Knock Out Rose, he wanted the beauty of the roses without the baggage. So, he took thousands of roses and put them through natural tests and measured the features of those that survived. Afterwards, he took the roses that had the best features and hybridized them. One of the benefits of this hybrid growth? Disease and pest resistance.

Radler injected his roses with disease pathogens and blended the infected, dried leaves into a blender. He then took the blended leaves and spread them on the healthy flowers while the leaves were wet. This guaranteed the initial spread of disease but, in turn, resulted in disease resistance.


4. Sun or Shade Tolerance

Classic roses require regular waterings and stop blooming as fall approaches. Knock Outs, on the other hand, are drought tolerant. They thrive in the shade as well. So, if you really want roses in your yard, but you don’t have a lot of sun, that’s perfectly fine. The Knock Out Roses will still grow in hidden areas. Whether they receive 6 hours of full sun or 3 hours of morning or early afternoon sun, the roses will thrive.

5. They’re Highly Versatile

Last but not least, Knock Out Roses are highly versatile. You can plant them in any area, with any kind of soil, and with any amount of sun. Whether you want to plant them in the ground and grow a dense flowering hedge or shrub, Knock Out Roses impress. They will grow to a mature height of about 4-5 feet tall, if left unpruned, and will add the perfect burst of color to any landscape. These roses also have non-invasive root systems, so they would be the perfect option if you wanted to plant them near foundations or even along your driveway!

Why wait? Order your Knock Out Roses today because they’re a popular flower during the summer and sell out quickly.


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