How to Prune Knockout Roses

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Knockout roses are a rose-lover's dream and require little maintenance. Knockout roses grow rapidly. They are a welcome addition to any garden and add visual beauty. Learn how to properly prune your knockout roses for best results.

Step 1

Allow your knockout roses to grow the first year without pruning. This will give your shrub time to take on a shape.

Step 2

Prune after the first year at the end of winter while the plant lies dormant.

Step 3

Remove the dead wood with garden snips. Remove excess canes from the bottom of the shrub.

Step 4

Trim the knockout rose to one-third of it's size with garden snips. Cut the limbs just above an outward-facing bud sloping toward the shrub at a 45-degree angle.

Step 5

Deadheading isn't needed to encourage new blooms. but it does help to make your plant more attractive between flowerings.

Tips and Warnings

  • Knockout roses are referred to as repeat-flowering shrub roses and require very little maintenance for future blooming.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden gloves
  • Garden snips


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Who Can Help

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Keywords: knockout roses, rose care, rose pruning

About this Author

Lacy Enderson received an AA Degree in Behavioral Science and a BS Degree in Religion/Psychology. Lacy is the author of, "Addiction: A Personal Story" and "So You Want To Lose Weight But You Can't Stop Eating." Her articles have appeared in Discipleship Journal and

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