We have a question about pruning two popular bushes. It came to us on the Apron blog from reader Betsy.
"What is the best time of year to prune Knock Out rose bushes, and Crepe Myrtles? How far back should they be pruned? Thanks!"
I'm Grow2girl, from The Home Depot and I am here with my co-worker BostonRoots. Thank you for your question.
It is not necessary to prune a Crepe Myrtle for the health and care of the plant. However, to control the size and shape it can be pruned in late Winter to early Spring. Generally once it had reached it's state of dormancy. Avoid pruning during a growth period and do not prune more than 1/3rd of the plant at a time.
The Knock Out Rose is a lovely plant with stunning "flower power" that can bloom every 5-6 weeks. They are self cleaning and require little maintenance. If you wish to control the size, then the best time to prune them is in late Fall or early Spring. It is best not to prune when they are in bloom.
Enjoy your wonderful blooms!