Do your knock out roses look spectacular? I have a confession to make… although this is a picture of my own shrubs, it is a rarity that they really look this good.
Roses can be finicky! Bugs happen, Drought happens.
And to tell you the truth, they were here when we bought the house and I just didn’t know how to care for knock out roses.
But I have learned some things and now I want to share three tips with you for caring for knock out roses.
Around the end of April they will be covered in blooms.
Honestly though, by summertime, mine look like this…
The first blush of spring blooms is over and the bugs have enjoyed a dinner of fresh green leaves.
Knock out roses are suppose to be carefree. And maybe in comparison to hybrid roses, they are relatively carefree. But totally carefree they are NOT.
TIP 1: All in One Rose Care
Preventative measures are the way to handle this buggy problem and my first tip for Knock Out Roses care is to use a product like this All in One Rose Care.
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Used on a regular basis it will prevent those swiss cheese looking leaves. It is easy to apply and I find it works well when applied at least once in spring and again in summer.
Using a hand held fork or some type of cultivator to scratch the surface of the dirt. Sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of the all in one rose care around the base of the rose. Then use the fork to mix the granules lightly into the soil.
Read the directions on your product. Some may require watering immediately after application.
TIP 2: Water
Summer in the south usually means drought conditions.
Knock Out Roses don’t like that. If the rainfall is scarce during summer you will need to water your knockout roses for optimum performance and this is the tip where I fail.
My plan to combat lack of water is to put a drip hose on the ground beside them and leave it set up all the time, so that whenever I think of it, I can just turn on the outside water spigot and let it run for a while.
TIP 3: Prune
We also have an extended summer in the south and for knock out roses that is a good thing! You can get another flush of blooms before winter by giving them a light pruning during August. They will put out new buds and show off a bit one more time.
This third tip for knock outs is one that I just learned and am trying it for the first time for myself. I am excited about seeing them looking good again soon.
Do you have roses in your garden? These 3 tips will keep your knock out roses and all roses in tip top shape.
Want to get your knock outs off to a good start in the spring? Read about Early Spring Pruning!
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