Pruning knockout roses

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I have several varieties of roses, but my most plentiful blooms come from the five knockout roses that I planted when we first moved into our home. They grew large very quickly and are very heavy producers. However, I have never pruned them! :oops: They have grown fairly large, but are not very compact. I would like to prune and shape them, but am not sure where to begin. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
 
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Well prune when dormant, like there should be dead wood in there, so thats a good place to start. Its a good idea for them to have good circulation, cause if its a wet season and theres poor circulatiom, thats when trouble starts. Knockouts are tough, you will not kill them.
 
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Thanks for the advice. I've heard that they are tough, and it has definitely proven to be true! I think I will do a little bit of shaping, but not do an intense prune.
 

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I have never heard of knockout roses. I will have to look them up and see if they will grow in my area. I need something that can take a little abuse. No one waters the plants when I am not here.
 

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