Texas Gardening forum: Asked by my neighbor

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College Station,TX
zone 8
Hummingbirder Region: Texas Roses Butterflies Echinacea
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teacup754
Jan 30, 2016 10:19 AM CST
For whatever reason my neighbor seems to think my opinion matters Sticking tongue out and wants to know if she should plant regular Knockout or Double Knockout. I have regular and it is OK, great the first couple of years now needs to be cut waaaaay back, I have Pink Double and I like it better. My favorite of the Knockout family is actually Home Run. Does anyone have any thoughts on these?
Our soil is terrible down here and I am actually taking out a Belinda's Dream for non performance the last 2 years and I outright killed a yellow Knockout.
By the way I am thinking of replacing Belinda with M Carriers. Thoughts?
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jan 30, 2016 11:36 AM CST
I find the Double Knockouts to be more attractive and rose-like, also they have proven equally tough as the originals for me.
Porkpal
Name: Lynne
Houston, TX. Zone 9b (Zone 9b)
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LynneHTx
Jan 30, 2016 4:21 PM CST
I have double pink knockouts Was gorgeous last year.....for a few weeks, then just so-so for the rest of the year. They like to grow way bigger than the plant label says. Up to 8' tall here so am considering finding a replacement that is shorter and provides some benefit to wildlife.
College Station,TX
zone 8
Hummingbirder Region: Texas Roses Butterflies Echinacea
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teacup754
Jan 30, 2016 8:03 PM CST
Same experience with mine too!
Name: Sondra
NE Houston, Texas (Zone 9a)
Cat Lover Region: Texas
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SALL20
Jan 31, 2016 7:08 PM CST
Size is one issue I have with knockouts. The other is that they are so full of thorns. I got so tired of having to prune them and looking like I had been in a cat fight, that I took them all out. I did grow Home Run and I agree that it is very pretty. This is Home Run taking over the patio.
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College Station,TX
zone 8
Hummingbirder Region: Texas Roses Butterflies Echinacea
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teacup754
Jan 31, 2016 9:06 PM CST
Wow @sall20 ! Is that one Home Run? Mine gets nowhere near that big.
I spent today pruning the few roses I have back, including pruning regular and double pink knockout waaaay back. I want to encourage something from the roots. There were a lot of old thick canes that I took all the way down. If they don't do well then I will just replace them with new smaller ones.
Name: Sondra
NE Houston, Texas (Zone 9a)
Cat Lover Region: Texas
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SALL20
Feb 1, 2016 7:25 AM CST
Yes, that is Home Run. You mentioned old thick canes. That is the other issue I had with Knock Out roses. If you don't keep cutting them way back, like almost to the ground,they get those ugly canes. And then, we're back to those thorns! ( I guess it's obvious by now that I'm not a fan of these roses.)

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