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Should I Dead-head (pull Off Old Blooms) My Knockout Rose…

Rodney Asked

Should I dead-head (pull off old blooms) my Knockout rose bushes?

The Gardener’s Answer

Hello, Rodney: Besides being disease-resistant compared to other roses, the Knockout roses are also prolific bloomers. This makes them very sought after and an easy choice for the sun-loving garden. Low maintenance is another advantage to planting these roses. You certainly can remove the spent blooms but it is not necessary for them to continue blooming. It really depends on what kind of gardener you are. If you keep your garden tidy, then you may decide to dead-head the spent blooms. This is the more aesthetically pleasing choice and doing so will prevent you from having to clean the plant debris later. Dead-heading after a heavy rainfall or just randomly throughout the growing season is more than sufficient.

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