DIY Winter Pruning for Knockout Roses

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Winter pruning for knockout roses is something that you want to do to get them ready for early spring. Find out about do it yourself winter pruning for knockout roses with help from an experienced professional gardener in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Nicholas Staddon from Monrovia. Today, we're gonna talk about DIY winter pruning for knockout roses. Why do you prune roses in winter? Well, you actually prune them in late winter, early spring. If you prune roses too early, they start growing, and they'll get whacked back by those early frosts. So better to do it a little later. The result will be even better than you expected. Knockout roses are very resilient. Two great flavors are yellow and a red, single flowers and also double flowers as well. The plants we're looking at today are a great example of what they should look like in early spring. All you need is a sharp pair of pruners going into the bush, because they're own root roses, there's no graft. Don't be afraid to go down near close to the ground. You really don't have to be fussy where you prune as with hybrid teas. You just prune away looking for a nice rounded shape. If it's an older plant, you'll need to wear gloves, because they can have thorns as well. So, it's that easy. That's what you're looking for, a nice rounded shape, and as spring comes along, the ground warms up and the plant starts growing, she will explode.


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