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Knock-Out roses?

NE Arkansas has had too much rain/flooding, etc..and my knock-out roses look like crap! Very leggy, most leaves are gone; they look like its mid-winter. Can i cut them start over ?


Asked by dullscissors at 3:49 PM on May. 20, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • Yes. Cut them back and they will be healthy again next year. They'll grow stalks this year but they probably won't flower.

    Also you'll have to stake them up this year or they might look scraggly.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 3:52 PM on May. 20, 2011

  • I mean when they grow back in. They'll be all wayward and kinky. Use the stakes to make the new stalks grow into a nice bush shape.

    Sorry about your roses. I think i might actually die if my gardens were ruined.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 4:06 PM on May. 20, 2011

  • i would cut and try again sorry bout ur roses

    Answer by ilovemyboys84 at 5:21 PM on May. 20, 2011

  • Sorry to hear that. I have no advice, but I hope you get them back.

    Answer by cleanaturalady at 11:00 PM on May. 20, 2011

  • My hubby brought back one of my roses by putting bananas (peels and whole) around the base. One bush went from tiny buds to saucer sized roses and the bush itself was well over 6-ft tall. I absolutely hated leaving it when we moved.

    Oh and he didn't cut them back. Just started with the bananas and Miracle-Gro potting soil.

    Answer by SpiritedWitch at 1:18 PM on May. 21, 2011

  • Fingers crossed too!

    Answer by ethans_momma06 at 3:22 PM on May. 21, 2011

  • Yes

    Answer by JHanc968 at 3:55 PM on May. 21, 2011

  • I think that cutting them back would be a good idea. Even if they don't grow much this year, they should come back next year. Dang rain.

    Answer by Peajewel at 8:25 PM on May. 21, 2011

  • You can cut them back. I had the polar opposite problem with my roses last year I transplanted them from my mom's house to mine and it was too hot and they never established. I thought by August they were gone for sure but I half heartedly threw one bag of composted cow manure on them--not even enough to winterize and they are back bigger and better than ever.

    Answer by hotelmom123 at 7:05 AM on May. 22, 2011

  • They already do! The rain murdered them! My other roses look great, though.

    Comment by dullscissors (original poster) at 3:59 PM on May. 20, 2011