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Here you will find all the information you need to care for your roses and plants.  Whether you are wondering when to prune, how to plant, or what steps can be taken to protect your plants from pests and diseases, the answers can be found here. 

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Planting Instructions

Step-by-step instructions on how to plant Knock Out® Roses, Drift® Roses and Bareroot Roses.

Pruning Instructions

Step-by-step instructions on how and when to prune Knock Out® Roses and Drift® Roses.

General Rose Care

Advice on how to care for new and established roses.

Pests and Diseases

Learn how to protect your roses from pests and diseases.

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Insects and Roses

Protect your roses from insects and pests Knock Out® Roses are not pest-resistant, but they are extremely tough so even if bugs get after them, they should be fine. You can use a spray product formulated for roses if the bugs are particularly bad in your area. However, a quick fix to get rid of...

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Planting Drift® Roses

Follow these simple steps to plant your Drift® rose Step 1: Decide Where to Plant Your rose bush will need at least 6 hours of sun each day, so choose a sunny spot to plant. Step 2: Dig Hole Dig a hole that is about twice as wide and as deep as the container. Work the soil at the bottom of the hole...

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Winterizing Roses

Knock Out® Roses and Drift® Roses are tough and can make it through anything. But, if you live in an area with harsh winters (zones 4 and below) there are a few things you might want to try. To protect your roses, you should do the following: Add 2-3" of mulch, leaves, or pine/fir boughs around the...

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Fungal Diseases

Protect your roses from fungal diseases Roses have always been prone to diseases. Two in particular to look out for are powdery mildew and black spot. Unfortunately, once black spot appears on a leaf, nothing can be done to undo the damage. The best thing to do is to cut off the diseased leaves and...

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Fertilizing Roses

How and when to fertilize your roses There is no need to fertilize your rose the first year of planting. It needs this time to get established and spread roots. Adding fertilizer may actually hinder your rose rather than help it. Subsequent years if you choose to fertilize, the first feeding of...

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Rose Slugs

Dealing with Rose Slugs Noticing holes in the leaves of your roses? The leaf damage you are seeing could be from what's called rose slug (also called sawfly). Look on the underside of the leaves. Do you see any tiny green inchworm looking critters? Rose slugs will chew the leaves of plants--leaving...

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Watering New Roses

Learn how to water your newly planted rose A heavy application of approximately a bucketful of water should be applied to the rose when the hole is about 2/3 filled with firmed earth. It helps to settle the earth and moisten it thoroughly around the roots of the rose. Moving forward, the actual...

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Planting Bareroot Roses

Follow these steps to plant your bareroot rose Step 1: Use the right tools For this job, you will need the following tools: a shovel, pruning sheers, and a wheelbarrow. Step 2: Pick an appropriate spot to plant Your rose bush will need at least 6 hours of sun each day, so choose a sunny spot to...

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Pruning Drift® Roses

Follow these simple steps to prune your Drift® rose Step 1: When do I prune my rose bush? Prune your rose bush in early spring, never in the fall and never in the winter. Check your rose bush from time to time as spring moves along and when you start to see new shoots growing from the canes on your...

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Japanese Beetles

Japanese Beetles On Your Roses For many, summertime means warm temperatures, cool lemonade, and lazy days. But for some roses, summertime may bring Japanese Beetles. If Japanese Beetles snack on your Knock Out® Roses, don’t worry! They will not be detrimental to the overall health of your Knock Out...

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