The Home Run rose is a hybrid shrub rose and an offspring of the famous Knock Out rose. Like Knock Out, it has a rounded shape and deep red flowers and will bloom repeatedly for you from late spring through early summer. Home Run rose is resistant to the three most troublesome rose diseases: black spot, powdery mildew and rust. Hardy to USDA zones 4a to 9b, Home Run is patented and therefore it is illegal to propagate it without a license from the patent holder. Grow your Home Run rose in full sun.
Keep the soil moist at all times. Shrub roses, and Home Run in particular, enjoy the heat but may need additional irrigation on particularly hot and dry days.
Fertilize the Home Run rose with a balanced rose food, according to package directions, in the spring. Some rosarians feel that an annual application of compost to the soil around the base of the rose is sufficient.
Check the Home Run rose periodically for signs of insect infestations. Aphids (tiny green or brown insects) are the most common rose pest and can be managed by washing them off the plant with a strong blast of water from the hose.
Prune the Home Run rose shrub in early spring, just prior to new growth. Remove any dead or diseased branches and trim it to the desired shape and size. Remove any mulch, leaves and other garden waste from the base of the plant. Apply a layer of fresh mulch and water the Home Run rose after pruning.