Roses forum→When to prune Knock Out roses?

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Name: Cindy Vasko
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cinvasko
Sep 13, 2019 7:25 PM CST
I am pretty awful at growing roses, but I've joined a few groups and forums and put my learning cap on. However I only have Knock Out roses at this time. Mine are three years old and I've never pruned them - which means they are a huge, heavy, mess and are so big they tend to lay on the ground around the edges. Think of a huge mushroom cap sitting on the ground! I'd like to prune them to open up the interior and remove crossing stems, but also to remove a lot of the growth in the lower 1/3 of the plants, creating a mini tree effect. When is the proper time to prune Knock Outs? I live in z6 of the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Thanks!
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Name: Jim
Central Pa. (Zone 6a)
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jim1961
Sep 15, 2019 7:40 AM CST
I'm in zone 6 Central Pa and the best time here to prune roses is early April...
Some people wait until the Forsythias bushes bloom in there area then they start pruning roses...
Name: Cindy Vasko
VA (Zone 6a)
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cinvasko
Sep 15, 2019 7:46 AM CST
Thank you, I was going to prune them this week, so you probably saved me from botching them up!
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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Sep 15, 2019 8:04 AM CST
Light pruning in the fall is ok but major pruning is done in spring.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah

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