knock out roses

jeeper(z7 nc)November 17, 2008

I got 8 back in late spring and they set all summer and bloomed in pots great. The ? is it to late to put them in the ground now. I know we will have warm and cold days up till jan. anyway.

thanks jeeper

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tamelask(z8a NC)

They are probably going to be happier in the ground than pots now anyhow. Fall is the best time to plant most things. While the tops are mostly dormant, because our soil rarely freezes, the roots continue to grow even in cold weather, which gives them an awesome head start on the next big growing season. Plus, in pots, the roots are much more likely to freeze- they are insulated in the ground.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2008 at 11:40AM
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jeeper(z7 nc)

thank you tamelask I thought they would be , just checking.
thanks alot


    Bookmark   November 17, 2008 at 12:01PM
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Yes, I agree with Tammy that this is the absolute best time to plant/transplant trees/shrubs. I just wanted to point out that I have had 3 tree form knockouts for at least 5 years that I keep in their pots. I do keep them in a super protected area and they do fine in the spring after I hard prune them. These babies are indestructible.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2008 at 7:10PM
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tamelask(z8a NC)

Pup- did you train them as standards or did they come that way? Are any of the knock outs fragrant? So far i only grow old fashioned types, but may try a ko in the backyard for color now that i'm starting on it. Fragrance would be an awesome bonus!

I keep quite a few things in pots over the winter but do try to protect them somewhat (my pot ghetto is out of hand!). And, i have lost stuff that would have been hardy in the ground.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2008 at 7:28PM
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token28001(zone7b NC)

I have a yellow knockout that is somewhat fragrant. It's certainly not like some heirlooms, but it has more scent than the pink variety I have.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2008 at 6:31AM
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tamelask(z8a NC)

Thanks, token for the answer. I didn't realize the ko's came in yellow. I don't have any yellow roses, so maybe i'll consider that.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2008 at 10:32AM
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token28001(zone7b NC)

Yellow knockouts are hard to find around here. I didn't know they came in yellow either until I stopped at a nursery on the way back from Delaware. I spent way too much money on way too many things.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2008 at 1:38PM
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