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When to prune knockout roses in East Texas #162871 - Ask Extension

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When to prune knockout roses in East Texas #162871

Asked December 27, 2013, 11:16 AM EST

We live in Lufkin and planted knockout roses last year.  They have done well, but I understand that they need to be pruned.  I am not a rose gardener, hence the choice of knockouts. In this area when would be the best time to prune, and what is the best method?

Angelina County Texas

Expert Response

I recommend pruning all roses February 14 or after. If you are in southeast Texas, you can prune sooner.

Pruning stimulates new growth. This new growth is easily killed by a late freeze and sometimes destroys the good wood and therefore you have to prune again.
Dotty Woodson Replied January 03, 2014, 3:57 PM EST

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