Do you think True Bloom roses will surpass the Knock Outs in popularity?
In a word: NO. I think Knock Out is entrenched in the public mind, and dominates all the major sales channels. It’d be harder to replace than Kleenex as the leading tissue paper. True Bloom as a group probably aren’t nearly as strong growers as Knock Outs, and vigor/recovery is a big part of ’easy care’. I tried True Inspiration and it was actually one of the weakest things I’ve ever planted, slow growth, thin stems , lack of repeat , droopy stems (makes Bolero look like rebar!). My name for it was Truly Insipid, but perhaps some of the others in the series are better. I despise Knock Out, in particular Star Roses marketing that led to the RRD epidemic in the urban centers and suburbs. I can’t look at them without thinking about the disaster they caused, but they’re here to say.