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Rosa 'Home Run'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Home Run
Additional cultivar information: (PP18552; aka WEKcisbako, Home Run, Fire Ball)
Hybridized by Carruth; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2001

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Bloom Color:
Medium red (mr)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust

Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding

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6 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive txaggiemom On Apr 2, 2011, txaggiemom from Richardson, TX wrote:

In my Dallas garden, Home Run blooms reliably with a day or two of Opening Day of baseball season. Its first in our family's hearts. It easily survived two very heavy snowfalls and two nights at -10F without protection last winter. No blackspot and tolerates our summer heat very well.

Positive Caperose56 On Jun 20, 2010, Caperose56 from Falmouth, MA wrote:

I now have three of these plants.Planted one in 2007,added two others In 2008. The oldest plant is up against a wall between a porch stair and a bulkhead in an exposed Southeast location and it is spectacular-- easily 5.5 feet tall and at least as wide, very hardy. Planting two together seems to accelerate the growth,and now all three are hardy and showy. I deadhead about once a week all summer and shaped them lightly the first few years, but they are very carefree and have just exploded with our wet spring. Some yellow leaves fro time to time but no disease to speak of. V Happy with this plant as a carefree shrub on Cape Cod.

Positive vossner On Mar 26, 2009, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Coloring is very rich and bright on this shrub rose. I grow it as a shrub and was lucky to find a tree rose also. Thanks, Deb, for nudging me into getting this one.

Positive kararowe On Jan 21, 2008, kararowe from Kalispell, MT wrote:

Home Run is one of my favorite shrub roses. It amazed me last summer by its' bright color, disease resistance, and prolific blooming!!! It never stopped! In our area it is great, and perfect for those who want a low maintenance rose.

Positive rbowden On Oct 8, 2007, rbowden from Manhattan, KS wrote:

I have two of these bushes that I bought on an impulse due to the wonderful vibrant red blooms. The bushes are in partial shade with afternoon sun. They stood the Kansas heat and drought very well with occasional watering. There was a nice flush of flowers in the spring, sporadic small flushes of flowers in the summer, and one more nice flush in the late fall (see photo). The color was not as good during the hot weather. There is a slight rose fragrance. Disease resistance has been perfect (no disease symptoms at all) and the foliage is beautiful. My only real disappointment with this rose is the flower display. Many flowers do not show all five petals with good form; something is often missing or distorted. Maybe it's just the summer heat because the form improved in October. The disease resistance and flower color are truly outstanding and I can strongly recommend this low maintenance shrub rose.

Positive soulgardenlove On Jun 6, 2007, soulgardenlove from Marietta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I just aquired this rose and will post more after growing it.

From Weeks roses Home run web site:
This flame-red offspring kicks the competition up a notch when it comes to disease resistance. Home Run has a phenomenal fortitude against the dreaded black spot (like its father). But, unlike Dad, it is also completely resistant to powdery mildew. Rounded, bushy, fast-to-flower and nearly always in color, it hits a grand slam in the landscape & scores lots of points in a pot, too.
Height / Habit: Medium / Rounded & bushy
Bloom / Size: Medium, single
Petal count: 5
Parentage: (City of San Francisco x Baby Love) x cv. RADrazz
Fragrance: Slight
Hybridizer: Carruth - 2006
Comments: Coast to coast. it's the cleanest. Deepest red in cool temps.

Home Run Rose History

When Knock Out (cv. RADrazz) was first introduced as an AARS winner in 2000, we immediately grabbed it as a parent because of its fantastic black spot resistance. As is the case with Murphy's Law of hybridizing, the variety soon revealed itself to be completely female sterile, but the pollen was viable.

One of the many females we used that first year was an unnamed pink blend seedling out of City of San Francisco crossed with Baby Love . Despite its bland pink color, it carried the genes for red and/or yellow coloration from its parents. It also had great resistance to powdery mildew plus the potential genes for strong black spot resistance through a completely different bloodline (via Baby Love ). So the goal was to achieve either a red or yellow seedling with resistance to powdery mildew plus a double dose of black spot resistance from different sources.

It's 'Dad' is plagued with powdery mildew on the West Coast....and it passes that susceptibility freely to its offspring. From the 288 seeds achieved in the cross, only 3 survivors showed themselves to be clean in the greenhouse and the field. Only one was red; another being pink; the third being white. The pink and white were not up to our level of quality so they were dropped. The red baby soon showed itself to be superior in the qualities of habit, color, floriferousness, etc.

With only 10 plants, we took a chance (knowing the bloodlines) and moved the propagation level up dramatically so we could quickly find out if the variety would own-root successfully. It passed our prop tests with flying colors. So now it was time to see if the level of black spot resistance met our expectations.

Those original 10 plants were distributed to our most trusted nationwide testers, our salesmen. Yes, believe it or not, our salesmen actually do grow roses. The second round of precious-few plants were sent out to a group of private growers and a few public gardens strategically located throughout the U.S.

The first year of evaluations came in very promising. But we knew the second year would give us the true test. So during the wait, we continued to madly propagate to get the numbers up should the variety prove to be worthy of introduction.

First spring reports were greatbut a lot of roses look good in the spring. Yet it was the Fall reports that made up our mind to move forward. The red kid' was showing itself to be just as black spot resistant as its Dad'.

While the third year of trials continued on and more plants were distributed for broader evaluations, we began to make the moves to introduction. It was our President, Charlie Huecker, who suggested the name, Home Run the equivalent of a knock out in another sport. The name was a natural for this showy red seedling.

The good reports on Home Run continue to come in. We are very confident in its black spot resistance and total resistance to powdery mildew. We did learn that the variety is very quick to flower and repeats at a very short cycle (about 30 days). On average, roses take 40 to 45 days to repeat.

Like its parent, Baby Love , Home Run seems to never have a huge flush of flowers. There always seems to be some fresh new bright red flowers showing up against the dark green leaves.

We also learned that Home Run appreciates a light shaping versus a deep pruning. In its first year, the plant will send out some strong shoots as it establishes its mature habit. These may look out of balance at first, but as the plant matures it will fill in to a nice rounded bushy habit.

On average, it takes ten years of testing and multiplication to bring a new rose variety to the market. But we were able to bring Home Run forward in an unprecedented six years by using our nationwide group of highly experienced rose testers. Its success as a variety and ability to rapidly own-root allowed us to make such a gain in valuable development time


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Jose, California
Marietta, Georgia
Bensenville, Illinois
Saint Charles, Illinois
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Manhattan, Kansas
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Beverly, Massachusetts
Falmouth, Massachusetts
Hamel, Minnesota
Kalispell, Montana
Brooklyn, New York
Copperas Cove, Texas
Georgetown, Texas
Richardson, Texas
Richmond, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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