White Knockout Rose
We have had many customers asking why we don’t offer the new White Knockout Rose. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but there is no White Knockout Rose.
Last summer Bill Radler, the breeder who developed The Family of Knockout Roses, introduced a new white shrub rose which he named ‘White Out’. While this new rose is considered to be one of the hardiest white shrub roses on the market, it falls short on disease resistance when compared to the true Knockout Roses.
In my opinion Mr. Radler shouldn’t have selected a name that seems to imply it is part of the Knockout Family. The confusion began even before the new rose was introduced and continues even among plant nurseries. I have seen well over a dozen online retailers advertising ‘White Out’ as the new Knockout Rose. I assume that most of these retailers are unaware of their mistake but I think a few of them are using the Knockout name to help sell more roses.
Please don’t take this post as a criticism against the new shrub rose from Mr. Radler. I have not personally grown it but I have heard that is a fantastic plant that is very easy to grow and blooms just as heavy as Knockouts.
Let’s hope that the breeding talents of Mr. Raddler can eventually bring us a true White Knockout.