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ozarkee 01-14-2008 04:28 PM

Knockout Roses
If you want a maintenance free, virus resisistant, long flowering rose with multiple blooms all year - then get knockout roses. They are terrific. I have about five or six and they are great. All of my neighbors want to know what I did to get the roses growing and blooming all year. Nothing. I even failed to prune them and they still flowered. :thumbup:

timber 01-14-2008 05:41 PM

:thumbsup: It is the only rose I use anymore!:thumbup:

Rehabber 01-15-2008 10:59 AM

Since I don't do landscaping, What is a Knockout Rose?

perpetual98 01-15-2008 11:31 AM

Hmmm. Something to keep in mind when spring rolls around. We'll be doing major landscaping/planting in our new house.

timber 01-15-2008 11:36 AM

Rehabber; It's a newer (i think around for 7-10yrs) rose variety that is a shrub rose instead of a hybrid rose. I've used it for probably about 7 yrs. and found it to be extremely disease and insect resistant. Unlike hybrid roses, shrub roses come from wild and native roses( I believe) and they end up being more durable with longer lasting blooms and more profuse blooming. Their very low maintenance for those of you who want the beautiful blooms but not all the hassle to get them. You literally almost have to do nothing to this plant because it grows and blooms like crazy (except maybe prune it). The only down side to it , may be it's lack of fragrance and color availability. I think still only available in pinks and fuscias. Supposedly there is a yellow, and I'm sure there working on other colors. There are lots of colors in other shrub rose varieties though. Meidelands,Carpet Rose, Nearly Wild are a few. Some varieties are better than others.

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