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I have never grown roses before, and being a real flower newbie (and I mean a newbie!), I planted 2 Knock Outs...disease resistant right? Well, they were in full sun, planted correctly (I really researched that), and watered well. They kept blooming all summer, and then I noticed some black spot starting. I sprayed every week with a fungus spray for roses (it said it would take care of black spot on roses)...then fall came, and I didn't cut anything back, but being in zone 5, I did cover them with pine needles.
We have had practically no snow or rain all winter, and my rose canes were covered with black spots!!
I admit to being disgusted as I babied them all last year...I decided to cut them back this spring, and cut them down to about 1 foot...and carefully disposed of the cuts...
I figured if they die, they die...
Would the carefree have been a better choice for a newbie? I did plant a John Davis beside my trellis last year, and while it did not bloom, it seemed to grow well...
I just am not impressed with the Knock Outs...Me, or the rose??