Knock out roses are super easy to grow and they’re available everywhere. This rose is popular in North America and don’t be surprised when you drive into shopping centers or restaurants if they have several mixed in their landscaping.
I ended up with a couple 6-inch starter plants by mistake. I failed to do my research first and then found myself fascinated with the foliage and quantity of buds each stem produced, the flowers are the size of a quarter. I went ahead and purchased, having no idea how large the plant would grow.
I failed to read the plant label too – I know sometimes I should really slow down… I discovered very quickly three things:
- They’re easy to grow
- A breeze to Transplant
- You can propagate year round (Down South)
Planting conditions were very basic and because they’re disease resistant they’re a natural choice for busy gardeners. I think I may be a busy gardener…
They even have what I call a bloom rotation about every six – eight weeks. In today’s images mine are at the end of a six week bloom period which means they’re getting ready to rest and then bloom all over again. Oh, and for all the southern gardeners these beauties are very heat tolerant.
They’re Easy to Grow
Let’s check into some of the perks that make the knock out rose an easy to grow plant for any garden space. I’m not kidding when I say easy because this rose bush is a matter of planting correctly then letting them be.
- Plant in direct sunlight.
- Requires fertilized soil with good drainage.
- Can tolerate Zone 5 winters.
- Blooms from Spring – through late fall (down south about 8 months out of the year)
- Fertilize after blooming twice a year.
- Cover plant base with a good mulch and water from the roots when needed during the Spring/Summer.
When to Transplant
I transplanted this huge plant a couple seasons ago, it was originally one of those 6-inch pots I was telling you about and now it’s about 4 ft. high. Transplanting should take place during the fall or early spring when temperatures are steady, between 50 – 70 degrees. If the plant wilts during the process have no fear because it will revive.
That happened to this rose because I transplanted on a whim off season and as a result lost the original foliage, but then it grew an entire new batch. I don’t recommend pushing the limits but I can tell you from experience this plant is strong and can overcome my sometimes spur of the moment ideas.
Propagating is a Breeze
Propagating is also a breeze and can take place during pruning season from late winter to early spring. Once again, I’ve taken cuttings during the summer and was able to root them in a glass of water in addition to fertilized soil. I know, I’m always pushing those gardening rules…
The Knock roses are not my favorite but I was happy to learn more about them and thrilled they were so easy. They might be just what you’re looking for if anyone is seeking a pretty show piece next to the front driveway or sidewalk. A row of these as a hedge would look wonderful even when they’re not blooming.