Pruning Knock-Out Roses - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by cdellandjohn
February 16, 2010
Because Knock-Outs are such prolific, season-long bloomers, (and they grow like crazy) are there special pruning needs/instructions for them UNLIKE other roses? (timing/how far to cut back, etc.)??

Answer from NGA
February 16, 2010


Knockout roses don't really require maintenance pruning the way shrub roses do. You can remove any dead stems or over-zealous growth at any time of year. I use hedge shears to cut everything down to the same level, but you can selectively cut the branches if you prefer. Best wishes with your garden!

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