Knock out roses are some of the most durable rose varieties. They will bloom in the summer time. All roses need caring for, and one part of the process is pruning.
New growth is stimulated by rich soil. If the soil where the rose is planted isn’t fertile enough, then the pruning can be more damaging then helpful. Make sure you use organic fertilizers once a few months to make the soil more nutrient rich.
Reasons to prune a rose
Pruning roses means removing all the dead, damaged or endangered parts of the plant. This means dead leaves, flowers, and twigs that are affected by some disease of that are just old and are prone to insect infestation. When pruning knock out roses you should know that you can trim 1/3 of the plant without damaging it.
There are a few things that you should pay attention to when pruning a bush rose. First of all, make the cuts at a 45-degrees angle. Remove leaves and stems. You should know that you can grow new plants from healthy cuttings, so you can recycle the plant. The cuts also need to be made above the leaf branches to prevent diseases and infections.
Time to prune
Before the winter, it’s best to remove all leaves to help the plant retain much of its energy. To stimulate growth, you will need to prune the plant in early spring. But you can remove faded flowers, dead branches and leaves no matter the time of the year.
Fertilizing the soil with compost and manure you ensure that the plant will stay healthy after pruning it. Watering the plant is also very important and also keeping the plant in sunlight for at least 5 hours a day.