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Video: How to Plant and Care for Knock Out® Roses

Ryon — Oct 08

Knock Out Roses are beloved for their colorful, long-lasting blooms, easy care and disease- and pest-resistance. Here, our friend and plant hobbyist Macie shares her top tips for planting and caring for these beautiful, hardy roses, for seasons of stand-out blooms!

You'll learn:

  • The unique benefits of Knock Out Roses
  • Where and how to plant Knock Out Rose bushes
  • Tips for maintenance, pruning, and fertilizing

Watch the full video above, and scroll down for the full transcript!

Macie shares tips for planting and caring for Knock Out Roses

Plant hobbyist Macie shares tips for planting and caring for Knock Out Roses.

Blooming Knock Out Roses with vibrant pink petals surrounded by green leaves

Knock Out Roses are known for their long-lasting blooms and easy care.

Vibrant Knock Out Rose bushes blooming behind a white picket fence

Planted together, Knock Out Rose bushes make an excellent hedge or border.

Full Transcript: How to Plant and Care for Knock Out Roses

Knock Out® Roses are the perfect way to add a pop of color to any landscape. Whether planting near a fence, or in a garden bed, they're sure to be a total knock out to any viewer.

My name is Macie and this is Potting & Planting from FastGrowingTrees.com.

Today we'll be freshening up my friend's front of the house with my gardening favorite, Double Knock Out® Roses. In this episode you'll learn how to plant your roses as well as best practices for helping them thrive in your landscape.

So why are they Double Knock Out® Roses? Double Knock Out® Roses give you all the benefits of the original Knock Out® Roses but with even more petals. Who doesn't love that?

If you're familiar with these roses at all, you know that they have one of the longest blooming times from early summer through the late fall, making them a must-have for any color-filled landscape.

There are countless ways to incorporate roses into your home's landscape, from integrating them into your flower bed, or growing them into a hedge, it's truly up to you.

Keep in mind the work that comes with roses. Roses are not drought tolerant. They require pruning to maintain their appearance. It may sound like a lot, but don't let that deter you. The beauty that comes with these roses far outweighs the work.

Before digging, make sure you select a spot where they can thrive. These rose bushes have been grown to thrive in six to eight hours of sun and you can even plant them in containers, however, they prefer a well-drained soil. I'll be planting here along the house. We're on a relatively high hill and the added gutters along either side allow for the soil to be perfectly suited for roses.

In addition to the rose bushes, there are a few things we'll need to get the job done: a shovel, mulch, and gardening gloves. Trust me - when planting rose bushes, gloves are a must-have.

When it comes to planting rose bushes, you'll want to plant each bush at least three feet apart. Dig a hole that's twice as wide and just as deep as the root ball of the rose you intend to plant. Backfill the hole until you have a hole that's approximately the size of the container the rose is currently in. Insert the rose into the hole. Ensure it's at the same depth as it is in the container then backfill the hole and tamp down the dirt. Water the roses around the base using a garden hose. Avoid watering overhead since watering on the plant can cause disease. You'll want to water at the base of the plant when the soil is dry to the touch two inches down. Finally we'll mulch over the area to ensure the soil can retain moisture. This will also help prevent unwanted weeds. And just like that, we're done.

Guys, I cannot believe how great this looks. It's truly amazing what some plants and a little bit of hard work will do to bring a new look to your home.

With all that work invested in your roses it's important to maintain them. While Double Knock Out® Roses are resistant to pests, it's still important to feed them with an organic rose fertilizer once per month.

You can carefully prune your roses each year in late winter or early spring to maintain size and encourage proper branching and bud development. When you do prune ensure you are using a sterilized pair of gardening shears for a cleaner, healthier cut.

That's all for today's episode of Potting & Planting with FastGrowingTrees.com. If you guys have any questions about roses, don't hesitate to leave a comment below and don't forget to subscribe for more potting and planting videos just like this.

Ryon Hinson

Ryon is the Senior Creative Manager at FastGrowingTrees.com. He tries to show the unique elements of every tree and plant he captures, so viewers can confidently create a garden they love.

He’s constantly learning fun new plant facts, and can be found sharing new plant tips with his wife. His favorite tree is the Rising Sun Redbud for its spring blooms and uniquely-colored leaf pattern. He's often driving around looking for the most colorful and unique plants to film and share with the FastGrowingTrees.com community.

Questions? Contact Ryon at information@fastgrowingtrees.com.

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