The Q&A Archives: pruningbushes

Questioner's Location: bellbuckle, tn
Date: September 23, 2006

Question: is it safe to cut back knockout roses in mid, september?

Answer: I would wait and cut them back in the spring. The reason is that late season pruning will stimulate late season growth that will not have time to harden before winter. This can increase the amount of winter damage and stress to your plant.

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