How to Care For a Home Run Rose Bush

Overview

Weeks Roses and hybridizer Tom Carruth developed Rosa Home Run, a licensed hybrid of the Knockout Rose. Bred to produce deep, red flowers over a long flowering season, the low maintenance rose offers a high resistance to disease, even in hot and humid climes. Home Run rose bushes flower from early summer through the first hard frost and thrive in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4 though 8.

Step 1

Plant Home Run roses in a location with nutrient-rich and well-drained soil of a neutral pH. Home Run roses need at least five to six hours of direct sun each day. Fewer hours of sun reduces flower production.

Step 2

Water your Home Run rose regularly and deeply to maintain evenly moist, but not wet, soil 1 inch down into the soil. Depending on your climate, this may mean watering every two to four days or once every 10 days.

Step 3

Feed Home Run roses a good quality organic rose fertilizer formula, such a rose tone or fish emulsion. Apply according to label dosing directions one to three times per year after the rose has been established in its location for at least one season. Always feed over wet soil to reduce the chance of burning the roots.

Step 4

Harvest roses for cut flower arrangements as desired throughout the growing season using clean, sharp secateurs or pruning shears. There is no need to deadhead spent blooms on the bush as it is self-cleaning.

Step 5

Clean up and discard all dropped petals and leaves on the soil in late fall or early winter. Mulch over the crown of the rose with at least 3 to 4 inches of organic material such as compost, leaf mold, shredded bark or straw. This protects the roots from cold, drying winds and holds needed moisture in the soil. Clear away the mulch in spring after the last frost has passed.

Step 6

Prune Home Run roses in the spring or late summer to remove dead or damaged canes and control the shape and size of the bush.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Organic rose fertilizer
  • Secateurs
  • Organic mulch

References

  • Weeks Rose Home Run Rose Factoids
  • How to Care for Knockout roses
Keywords: Home Run rose, hybrid Knockout, cut flower

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