“What’s all the buzz” about the Knock Out(R) rose? Everybody’s talking about them; everybody wants them in their garden. When I first heard the term – I thought to myself, “What is a Knock OutÂ® rose?” The following is some of what I’ve since discovered about this remarkable rose.
The Knock Out Rose Family was created by botanist William Radler. Mr. Radler has been a rose enthusiast and grower for many years. Because of his love for growing roses he wanted to make it easier for folks to grow them with minimal maintenance. In 1988, Mr. Radler fulfilled his dream with the Knock Out Rose – he produced a hardy, low maintenance rose. This rose will survive anywhere in the U.S. They are heat tolerant and cold resistant – although in cold winter climates they will need winter protection. In 2000, the Knock Out was given the All American Rose Selection (AARS) award.
The Knock Out Rose outsells most other roses in the U.S., not only because it is so hardy and requires minimal care, but also because it is virtually pest resistant. And get this!! It’s not necessary to dead-head this rose because it is a self-cleaning plant. Isn’t that amazing? With this plant you will get a continual bloomer – spectacular color throughout most of its growing season. Mr. Radler did a magnificent job with this rose.
The Knock Out Rose can grow up to heights of 3-1/2 to 4 feet if left untrimmed; however, you can trim it up to keep it smaller if that’s what you prefer. This plant is very versatile – plant it as a border or hedge, and even make it the focal point of your garden by grouping several together. There is no shortage for color in this family – so, you’ll have plenty to choose from. Check out the Pink Double Knock Out rose.
You won’t be disappointed with this rose – if you’re new to growing roses this family will be a great starting point as you learn more about proper care and maintenance. You are sure to have success with the remarkable Knock Out Rose.