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Plant Care Instructions By Proven Winners

This rose is a proven All-Star! HOME RUN is absolutely, positively the best true-red rose with continuous blooms and top level disease resistance to both black spot and powdery mildew. It has a high level of tolerance to downy mildew as well. Plus it's heat tolerant, cold hardy and requires no deadheading. It prefers full sun, and will grow to 3 1/2--4 feet in height and width in your landscape. Like its father (Knock Out®), Home Run® has excellent resistance to black spot. Unlike Knock Out, Home Run is also completely resistant to powdery mildew and has a higher level of tolerance to downy mildew as well.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones :
USDA Zones : 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
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Plant Care Instruction

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    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Prune

    Do not prune.
    February
    1. Prune

    Do not prune.
    March
    1. Buy

    If spring has arrived in your area, then it's a great time to get to work on this season's garden! Purchase shrubs after the threat of frost has passed. If you buy sooner, be sure to provide protection to the tender new top growth at night. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots. The root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!
    2. Plant

    For those of you in warmer zones, plant as soon as the threat of frost has passed and the soil is workable. If the threat of frost persists, be sure to provide protection to tender new growth of the plant by covering at night. HOME RUN thrives in full sun and prefers well drained, moist soiL. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. Once established, HOME RUN has average moisture requirements.
    3. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Even though HOME RUN is highly disease resistant, it is still good practice to water roses in the morning, so leaf surface has ample time to dry.
    4. Prune

    Do not prune.
    5. Mulch

    Applying mulch around your flowering shrubs in the spring is a great idea. Not only does it look attractive, it keeps roots cool, conserves soil moisture, reduces water requirements, and acts as an effective weed barrier. Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.
    April
    1. Buy

    Spring fever has probably set it, making it the perfect time to hit the garden center to pick out some great new plants for your landscape! Purchase shrubs after the threat of frost has passed. If you buy sooner, be sure to provide protection to the tender new top growth at night. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots. The root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!
    2. Plant

    Ready to get out into your garden? Plant as soon as the threat of frost has passed and the soil is workable. If the threat of frost persists, be sure to provide protection to tender new growth of the plant by covering at night. HOME RUN thrives in full sun and prefers well drained, moist soiL. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. Once established, HOME RUN has average moisture requirements.
    3. Fertilize

    A top dressing of a granular slow release fertilizer in early spring is all this hardy shrub will need.
    4. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Even though HOME RUN is highly disease resistant, it is still good practice to water roses in the morning, so leaf surface has ample time to dry.
    5. Prune

    Do not prune.
    6. Mulch

    Applying mulch around your flowering shrubs in the spring is a great idea. Not only does it look attractive, it keeps roots cool, conserves soil moisture, reduces water requirements, and acts as an effective weed barrier. Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.
    May
    1. Buy

    May isn't too late to add some new plants to your garden! When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots. The root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!
    2. Plant

    May isn't too late to add new plants to your garden! However, with the increasing heat and longer days, pay extra attention to the watering needs of freshly planted shrubs. HOME RUN thrives in full sun and prefers well drained, moist soiL. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. Once established, HOME RUN has average moisture requirements.
    3. Fertilize

    A top dressing of a granular slow release fertilizer in early spring is all this hardy shrub will need.
    4. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Even though HOME RUN is highly disease resistant, it is still good practice to water roses in the morning, so leaf surface has ample time to dry.
    5. Prune

    Do not prune.
    6. Mulch

    Applying mulch around your flowering shrubs in the spring is a great idea. Not only does it look attractive, it keeps roots cool, conserves soil moisture, reduces water requirements, and acts as an effective weed barrier. Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.
    June
    1. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Even though HOME RUN is highly disease resistant, it is still good practice to water roses in the morning, so leaf surface has ample time to dry.
    2. Prune

    Do not prune.
    July
    1. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Even though HOME RUN is highly disease resistant, it is still good practice to water roses in the morning, so leaf surface has ample time to dry.
    2. Prune

    Do not prune.
    August
    1. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Even though HOME RUN is highly disease resistant, it is still good practice to water roses in the morning, so leaf surface has ample time to dry.
    2. Prune

    Do not prune.
    September
    1. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Even though HOME RUN is highly disease resistant, it is still good practice to water roses in the morning, so leaf surface has ample time to dry.
    2. Prune

    Pruning is generally not needed, but may be trimmed after flowering.
    October
    1. Buy

    Visit your independent garden center now because fall is the best time to purchase shrubs! Here's why: In the spring, a new plant would have to divide it's energy between settling into a new home and growing immediately. In the fall however, the short days are causing the top to go dormant. All the while, the warm soil, that will persist for the coming weeks or months, provides the perfect environment for roots to acclimate. Once spring arrives, the happily established plant can focus on growing and flowering. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots. The root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!
    2. Plant

    Planting flowering shrubs now is a great time to get a jump on next year's garden! HOME RUN thrives in full sun and prefers well drained, moist soil. It's best too save the application of a granular slow-release fertilizer for spring to avoid the initiation of tender new growth. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. Once established, HOME RUN has average moisture requirements.
    3. Water

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Even though HOME RUN is highly disease resistant, it is still good practice to water roses in the morning, so leaf surface has ample time to dry.
    4. Prune

    Pruning is generally not needed, but may be trimmed after flowering.
    5. Mulch

    Applying a winter top-dressing of mulch will provide protection to the roots from severe winter temperatures and frost heaving. Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.
    November
    1. Buy

    Visit your independent garden center now because fall is the best time to purchase shrubs! Here's why: In the spring, a new plant would have to divide it's energy between settling into a new home and growing immediately. In the fall however, the short days are causing the top to go dormant. All the while, the warm soil, that will persist for the coming weeks or months, provides the perfect environment for roots to acclimate. Once spring arrives, the happily established plant can focus on growing and flowering. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots. The root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!
    2. Plant

    Planting flowering shrubs now is a great time to get a jump on next year's garden! HOME RUN thrives in full sun and prefers well drained, moist soil. It's best too save the application of a granular slow-release fertilizer for spring to avoid the initiation of tender new growth. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. Once established, HOME RUN has average moisture requirements.
    3. Prune

    Do not prune.
    4. Mulch

    Applying a winter top-dressing of mulch will provide protection to the roots from severe winter temperatures and frost heaving. Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.
    December
    1. Prune

    Do not prune.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    March

    If spring has arrived in your area, then it's a great time to get to work on this season's garden! Purchase shrubs after the threat of frost has passed. If you buy sooner, be sure to provide protection to the tender new top growth at night. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots. The root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!

    April

    Spring fever has probably set it, making it the perfect time to hit the garden center to pick out some great new plants for your landscape! Purchase shrubs after the threat of frost has passed. If you buy sooner, be sure to provide protection to the tender new top growth at night. When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots. The root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!

    May

    May isn't too late to add some new plants to your garden! When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots. The root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!

    October

    Visit your independent garden center now because fall is the best time to purchase shrubs! Here's why: In the spring, a new plant would have to divide it's energy between settling into a new home and growing immediately. In the fall however, the short days are causing the top to go dormant. All the while, the warm soil, that will persist for the coming weeks or months, provides the perfect environment for roots to acclimate. Once spring arrives, the happily established plant can focus on growing and flowering.

    When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots. The root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!

    November

    Visit your independent garden center now because fall is the best time to purchase shrubs! Here's why: In the spring, a new plant would have to divide it's energy between settling into a new home and growing immediately. In the fall however, the short days are causing the top to go dormant. All the while, the warm soil, that will persist for the coming weeks or months, provides the perfect environment for roots to acclimate. Once spring arrives, the happily established plant can focus on growing and flowering.

    When choosing plants, don't be shy about popping the plant out of its pot to inspect the roots. The root mass should be free of black, mushy sections and amply fill the container. Remember, the more roots the better!

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    March

    For those of you in warmer zones, plant as soon as the threat of frost has passed and the soil is workable. If the threat of frost persists, be sure to provide protection to tender new growth of the plant by covering at night.

    HOME RUN thrives in full sun and prefers well drained, moist soiL. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. Once established, HOME RUN has average moisture requirements.

    April

    Ready to get out into your garden? Plant as soon as the threat of frost has passed and the soil is workable. If the threat of frost persists, be sure to provide protection to tender new growth of the plant by covering at night.

    HOME RUN thrives in full sun and prefers well drained, moist soiL. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. Once established, HOME RUN has average moisture requirements.

    May

    May isn't too late to add new plants to your garden! However, with the increasing heat and longer days, pay extra attention to the watering needs of freshly planted shrubs.

    HOME RUN thrives in full sun and prefers well drained, moist soiL. Apply a granular slow release fertilizer and water in well. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. Once established, HOME RUN has average moisture requirements.

    October

    Planting flowering shrubs now is a great time to get a jump on next year's garden!

    HOME RUN thrives in full sun and prefers well drained, moist soil. It's best too save the application of a granular slow-release fertilizer for spring to avoid the initiation of tender new growth. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. Once established, HOME RUN has average moisture requirements.

    November

    Planting flowering shrubs now is a great time to get a jump on next year's garden!

    HOME RUN thrives in full sun and prefers well drained, moist soil. It's best too save the application of a granular slow-release fertilizer for spring to avoid the initiation of tender new growth. It is recommended to apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season and be extra mindful during periods of heat and drought. Once established, HOME RUN has average moisture requirements.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    April

    A top dressing of a granular slow release fertilizer in early spring is all this hardy shrub will need.

    May

    A top dressing of a granular slow release fertilizer in early spring is all this hardy shrub will need.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    March

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Even though HOME RUN is highly disease resistant, it is still good practice to water roses in the morning, so leaf surface has ample time to dry.

    April

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Even though HOME RUN is highly disease resistant, it is still good practice to water roses in the morning, so leaf surface has ample time to dry.

    May

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Even though HOME RUN is highly disease resistant, it is still good practice to water roses in the morning, so leaf surface has ample time to dry.

    June

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Even though HOME RUN is highly disease resistant, it is still good practice to water roses in the morning, so leaf surface has ample time to dry.

    July

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Even though HOME RUN is highly disease resistant, it is still good practice to water roses in the morning, so leaf surface has ample time to dry.

    August

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Even though HOME RUN is highly disease resistant, it is still good practice to water roses in the morning, so leaf surface has ample time to dry.

    September

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Even though HOME RUN is highly disease resistant, it is still good practice to water roses in the morning, so leaf surface has ample time to dry.

    October

    As a rule of thumb, apply 1 inch of water per week during the first growing season. Be mindful of hot days and periods of drought. Even though HOME RUN is highly disease resistant, it is still good practice to water roses in the morning, so leaf surface has ample time to dry.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    January

    Do not prune.

    February

    Do not prune.

    March

    Do not prune.

    April

    Do not prune.

    May

    Do not prune.

    June

    Do not prune.

    July

    Do not prune.

    August

    Do not prune.

    September

    Pruning is generally not needed, but may be trimmed after flowering.

    October

    Pruning is generally not needed, but may be trimmed after flowering.

    November

    Do not prune.

    December

    Do not prune.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    March

    Applying mulch around your flowering shrubs in the spring is a great idea. Not only does it look attractive, it keeps roots cool, conserves soil moisture, reduces water requirements, and acts as an effective weed barrier.

    Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.

    April

    Applying mulch around your flowering shrubs in the spring is a great idea. Not only does it look attractive, it keeps roots cool, conserves soil moisture, reduces water requirements, and acts as an effective weed barrier.

    Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.

    May

    Applying mulch around your flowering shrubs in the spring is a great idea. Not only does it look attractive, it keeps roots cool, conserves soil moisture, reduces water requirements, and acts as an effective weed barrier.

    Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.

    October

    Applying a winter top-dressing of mulch will provide protection to the roots from severe winter temperatures and frost heaving.

    Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.

    November

    Applying a winter top-dressing of mulch will provide protection to the roots from severe winter temperatures and frost heaving.

    Spread mulch evenly to a depth of 2 to 3 inches (if replenishing, don't allow build up to exceed 4" in depth). If your shrub is in lawn, mulch a ring between 3 to 6 feet in diameter around the trunk. Be careful to keep mulch an inch away from the shrub's trunk.

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